Wherever you are in the world, we can advise you on how to become a pilot.

How to become a pilot

If you are just beginning your research into pilot training, this page will provide an overview on how to become an Airline Pilot based on where you are in the world. The airline pilot career programs we offer at our global airline academies are all slightly different, and your route to becoming a pilot will depend on where you have the right to live and work.

It's important to understand L3 is not simply a flight school, every aspect of our training is designed to prepare our cadets for a role as a Co-Pilot for a commercial airline and we work to place eligible students with an airline once they have successfully graduated.

If you are wondering how to become a pilot if you are based outside of the U.K., Europe or U.S.A. then it will either be via the regulatory body of the country where you are a citizen or you will be obliged to apply for an international visa.

United States

To become a pilot in the United States at our Florida Airline Academy you must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed 24 college credit hours from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Hold a Private Pilot’s Certificate with verification of high school diploma or GED

How to become a pilot in the U.S.A.
United Kingdom and Europe

To become a pilot in the U.K. or Europe you must have at least 5 GCSEs or equivalent (grade A-C) including Mathematics, Science and English. You must also have the right to live and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and you need to pass our application and selection process.

Most of our British and European cadets go on to fly for major European airlines such as Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and Wizz Air.

How to become a pilot in the U.K. and Europe
The rest of the world
New Zealand

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation – Flight Instructor Program is New Zealanders fastest route into the airline as it has an opportunity of Flight Instructor employment with L3 Airline Academy tagged on the end. New Zealand has a prerequisite of experience before applying therefore as an Instructor you are earning a salary and building hours rapidly in time for the airlines.

New Zealand Diploma in Aviation – Flight Instructor Program