Pilot training in the U.K. and Europe.

How to become a pilot in the U.K. and Europe

Making the decision to become a pilot with L3 is a life-changing step towards an exciting and rewarding career. Flying passengers around the globe in an office above the clouds with spectacular views is a job that’s hard to beat! Here at L3 we are dedicated to helping our cadets secure their dream role as a Co-Pilot with a commercial airline.

Where you will train

If you are successfully selected to become a pilot in the U.K. or wider Europe your training could take place at one or more of L3’s approved training locations in the U.K., Portugal and New Zealand. You may be based in one location for the duration of your training but it is likely you will be required to travel between locations as you progress through your pilot training course. The cost of travelling between L3’s global academies will be covered as part of your training fee.

L3’s approved training locations
Pilot training courses

Becoming a pilot in the U.K. or Europe means your pilot training will be regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and your training will be tailored to meet EASA requirements. The other main regulatory body is the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) which governs flight training in the U.S.A.

Pilot training courses
Before you apply

There are certain requirements you must meet before applying to become a cadet pilot in the U.K. or Europe. All applicants must be at least 17 years old when they submit their application and 18 years old when they commence their pilot training. You must have the unrestricted right to live and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, be able to obtain a EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions and produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence.

Requirements, application & selection
Education and English language requirements

Requirements for each airline program vary, but at a minimum applicants must have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English language. You must be fluent in English (verbal and written) and be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent).

Requirements, application & selection
Your future pilot career

Most British or European applicants who apply to become a pilot with L3 aspire to fly for a commercial airline such as British Airways, easyJet or Ryanair.

We have relationships with airlines across the globe and eligible students graduate from their flight training program into our airline placement pool where our dedicated team will work to find you a Co-Pilot role with an airline.

Career prospects
Pilot training news & updates

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