How to become a pilot.


If you want to become a pilot, look no further. L3 Airline Academy is one of the world's leading approved training organizations, we offer a variety of ways to obtain your pilot's license and we're focused on securing you the most important outcome – an exciting flying career.

What is EASA?

If you have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom or Europe your airline employer will be governed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). You will undertake an EASA pilot training course.

EASA pilot training

What is FAA?

If you have the right to live and work in the United States your flight training will be regulated by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and you will undertake an FAA pilot training course.

FAA pilot training

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) – EASA

Integrated ATPL offers an integrated approach to pilot training, and includes all the required examinations to be issued with an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). Successful graduation from this route will provide you with:

  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • Commercial Pilots License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) completion certificate
  • Upset Prevention Recovery Training (UPRT)

These items combined are known as a 'frozen' ATPL and are the minimum entry qualifications to commence a Type Rating and line training to become a Co-Pilot on multi-pilot aircraft with an airline.

Integrated ATPL (United Kingdom)
Integrated ATPL (Europe)
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 18 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: Frozen ATPL License
  • Experience: Little or no flying experience
  • Locations: United Kingdom and Portugal
  • Employment: Dedicated graduate placement service (United Kingdom only)
Professional Pilot Program (PPP) – FAA

Our accredited program prepares students whose goal is to work for an airline. From your first flight as a student to potentially working for us as a flight instructor, you'll be gaining experience in the type of environment you'll eventually hope to work in! Our Professional Pilot Program takes students through the following certificates and ratings:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Certificate
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
Professional Pilot Program (U.S.A.)
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 15 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: FAA accredited
  • Experience: Little or no flying experience
  • Location: Florida
  • Employment: Graduates of the PPP have the potential to work as an L3 Flight Instructor
Airline Programs

We work with airlines around the world to deliver incredible career opportunities to aspiring pilots with very little or no flying experience. Selected and trained to airline-specific standards from day one, you could be flying as a Co-Pilot for a pre-determined airline within around 24 months.

As an L3 cadet, you could be eligible for our unique Training Sponsorship which provides innovative funding and our Performance Protection promise. Many airlines choose to enhance these benefits further by offering a conditional offer of employment before training begins.

Our Airline programs are delivered through either an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) or a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL), depending on the Airline Partner's specification.

EASA Airline Programs
FAA Airline Programs
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 24 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: Either ATPL or MPL depending on the airline
  • Experience: Little or no flying experience
  • Locations: Worldwide
  • Employment: Airline-specific

If you are considering training towards your Commercial Pilot's License on a part-time, flexible basis, our Modular training programs will provide you with the highest-quality commercial pilot training to suit your own pace and previous flight experience.

Offering on-campus and distance-learning options, course durations vary from three to 70 weeks.

EASA pilot training courses
  • Status: Part-time
  • Duration: Your own pace
  • Type: ATPL Theoretical Knowledge, Multi-Engine Class Rating, Multi-Engine CPL, Multi-Engine Instrument Rating or Airline Qualification Course – delivered through our ATP program
  • Experience: As a minimum for enrollment upon any module you must hold an ICAO/EASA Private Pilot License with a Night Rating/Qualification. Depending upon which module you wish to undertake, there may be further minimum qualifying requirements.
  • Locations: United Kingdom and Europe
Higher Education

Wherever you are based in the world, there is an option to study for an industry-related degree alongside your flight training.

Many aspiring pilots choose to integrate a university or college degree in order to keep career options open or to access funding only available to students.

Career path finder
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: 3-4 years, subject to scheduling
  • Type: Bachelor's, Associate, Master's and Postgraduate degrees available
  • Experience: Little or none
  • Locations: United Kingdom, Europe and the United States
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