Train via a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) directly to the role of First Officer with Flybe.

Flybe MPL Airline Pilot Career Programme

Renowned for offering pilots rapid career progression - including the opportunity to progress from First Officer to command within four years - Flybe is currently recruiting ambitious cadets to join its pilot team.

Flybe – Europe’s largest regional airline – has selected L3Harris to recruit and train new pilots via a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) directly to the role of First Officer.

Benefit from some of the world’s best instructors at L3Harris’ global network of training centres utilising the latest generation of aircraft and flight simulators. This fully mentored MPL programme in partnership with Flybe is a fantastic opportunity to launch your career as a pilot.

Flybe Career Prospects:
  • Progression to Command within four years
  • Move from turbo-prop to jet aircraft
  • Become a trainer or join the Flybe management team
  • Employee rewards including Private Medical Insurance, competitive pension and staff travel
Key features:
  • Fully mentored MPL programme in partnership with Flybe
  • Employment as First Officer with Flybe on successful completion of training
  • Purpose built Training Centres with latest generation aircraft and simulators
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge
  • Aircraft and Multi-Pilot flight training
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
Entry criteria

To apply for this course, you must meet the following requirements:

Age and height

Be aged 18 or over to commence training (by course start date).

Minimum height 5’ 2” (157cm) with maximum of 6' 03" (191cm). If you exceed the maximum height you can still apply but may be required to undertake an ergonomic assessment.

Education and English language

Hold a minimum of 4 GCSEs (or equivalenti) Grade 4/C or above - must include Mathematics, Science and English Language. Be fluent in English (verbal and written)


Be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions.


Have the right to live and work with unrestricted access across United Kingdom, EEA, European Union or Switzerland.

Background and selection

Produce a Criminal Record Check (CRC) Basic Disclosure certificate before training can commence.

Be fluent in English, both verbal and written. Non-native English speakers must achieve at least Level 5.5 in all sections of the IELTS prior to the start of training.

Pass the L3Harris selection process which gives the cadet pilot access to the L3Harris Training standard

Cost and funding

£88,000 MPL fee includes:

  • All training equipment
  • Uniform
  • Airfield fees
  • Additional training or testing covered by L3Harris Airline Academy Training Standard
  • Air travel if applicable
  • License issue

When budgeting for your training, please consider the following additional costs:

  • Accommodation – can be purchased via L3Harris or sourced independently
  • Initial Class 1 Medical and renewal fees
  • Medical, life and personal property insurances
  • Travel insurances required by the United Kingdom or New Zealand immigration services (if necessary)
  • English language testing (where applicable)
  • Food and living expenses
  • Local personal daily transport to and from Airline Academy

    Training Standard

  • Overview

      Our Training Standard provides you with peace of mind throughout training. It’s our commitment to you that by passing our selection process, we believe you’ve got the right stuff to make it as a Commercial Pilot, and we’ll go the extra mile to get you there.

      If you require training over and above that set out in table A, such further training shall be payable in full by yourself at the point that you require it.

  • Training Standard: Table A

      Ground School
      The repeat sitting of one ground school module*

      Ground School Examinations
      3 additional attempts of ATPL Examinations** (in total)

      Flying / Simulator Training
      10 hours total additional training***

      Flying / Simulator Examinations
      Partial re-test of skills Test Examination****

      In the event that you reach the threshold and have yet to reach the required proficiency, your training may be suspended subject to a review by the Training Review Board.

  • Additional fees
      • Accommodation - can be purchased via L3 or sourced interdependently
      • Selection fees
      • English Language (IELTS) tests, if applicable
      • Initial aviation medical examination fees
      • Aviation medical renewal fees
      • Certificate of proficiency from a CAA-approved ELP Testing Organisation (In the event that you are a non-native English speaker
      • CAA Counter Fees
      • Food and other personal living costs
      • Accommodation during breaks in training, including leave and holiday
      • Personal travel
      • iPad (Generation 2 or above)
      • Insurances
      • Additional fees apply if you choose to enrol on the BSC (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice alongside your training
      • Additional fees required for type rating once employed by an airline. This will vary depending on the airline

Selection process
Online Assessment
Online Assessment

Successful applicants will be invited to sit four online assessment tests: 2x aptitude and 2x behavioural at a cost of £40.00.

Technical and non-technical assessment
Technical and non-technical assessment

Selection Event – If successful candidates will be invited to a one day selection Event at our Southampton Academy or London Training Centre at a cost of £255.00.

Airline Interview
Airline Interview

Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with Flybe in Exeter.

Programme timeline

  • Duration



  • Ground School

    Ground School


  • Foundation flight training

    Foundation flight training


  • Intermediate training

    Intermediate training


  • TIME
  • Ground School
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

  • Approximately 29 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom or New Zealand
  • Core training
  • Single-engine piston aircraft.

    VFR/IFR Navigation

    Basic instrument

    Night flying

    Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT).

  • Approximately 28 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or New Zealand
  • Basic Training
  • Fixed Base Simulator training

    Initial CRM and TEM

    Basic Flybe Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and profiles

    IR procedures and techniques

    Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC)

  • Approximately 12 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Intermediate training
  • Full Flight Simulator training

    Flight management and FMS handling

    Airline normal Ops

    Landing technique

    LOFT and en-route flight management

    Adverse weather

  • Approximately 11 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Advanced Training
  • Advanced phase technical Ground school

    Operational Ground School

    SOPs and profiles (DHC 8 Q400)

    Advanced type training (DHC 8 Q400)

  • Approximately 10 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom (Exeter)