L3CA
A program for flight training in the United States.

Professional Pilot Program

Our Professional Pilot Program teaches in an environment on meeting industry standards. This program prepares students whose goal is to work for an airline. From your first flight as a cadet to potentially working for us as a Flight Instructor, you'll be gaining experience in the type of environment you aim to work in.

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Details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 15 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: FAA pilot and instructor certificates and ratings
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Employment: Airline Pilot preparation
  • Location: Sanford, Florida

Certificates and ratings

Private Pilot Certificate

Instrument Rating

Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Certificate

Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on Rating

Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Education requirements

To enroll on our Professional Pilot Program at L3 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
Transfer credit

Students with prior flying experience may be eligible for credit toward the hourly requirement for each FAA pilot certificate or rating. Credit that may be assigned is governed by Federal Aviation Regulations 141.77(b).

L3 Airline Academy will accept transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Students requesting review of any flight time, ground school, or exams for the possibility of transfer must notify their admissions representative. All requests for transfer credit must be submitted for review no later than two weeks prior to the course start date; no exceptions made.

The Professional Pilot Program curriculum is approved by our accrediting body. Please note the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is only applicable to the Sanford, Florida location.

Professional Pilot Program students must complete a minimum of 25% of the program at L3 Airline Academy.

For more information about how to become a professional pilot, call 1-800-U-CAN-FLY or contact our admissions department online.

Cost of this program
Pilot training cost
  • Tuition (estimated): $79,995
  • Application fee: $150
Estimated additional costs
  • Books, supplies and mandatory electronic training materials: $5,000
  • Transportation, room and board: $22,350
  • TSA AFSP application (non-United States citizens): $390 ($130 each for three courses)
  • TSA fingerprinting (non-United States citizens): $99 (one time)
  • ID Badge (mandatory): $50 annual
Please note

Pricing is current. All prices are estimates and based on the Training Course Outline (TCO) hours it takes a cadet to go through the various programs. All prices are subject to change. Each cadet's experience may vary and hours or costs may be different than what is quoted here. Prices include fuel and flight tests (unless student pilot fails the exam, then additional flight test charges will apply). Prices do not include fuel surcharge, over-flight charges from TCO, admission fees, books, supplies, TSA processing, visa application fees, and extensions.

Further information
School catalog
School catalog

Download the school catalog.

Future employment
Future employment

Read the graduation and graduate employment rate for each program.

ACCSC
ACCSC

Find out more about the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

FAA
FAA

FAA approval and standing.

Tuition reimbursement

Seminole State College of Florida partnership

A degree partnership is available to our full-time Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) who are graduates of the Professional Pilot Program (PPP). Qualified CFIs are now eligible to apply to our Tuition Reimbursement Program and earn a two-year Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree from Seminole State College (SSC) of Florida.

How it works

L3 will reimburse its PPP graduates up to 50% of in-state tuition expenses incurred through Seminole State College A.A. degree program, for those who qualify for full PPP credit transfer. Up to 25.5 credit hours earned through L3 Airline Academy’s PPP may be eligible for transfer directly to an SSC’s Associates Degree program.

Go State. Go Far

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965 is part of the public Florida College System. It serves more than 32,000 students across six sites in Central Florida with campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary.

More about the College

Seminole State College of Florida offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs, including five bachelor's degrees. It is the 15th largest granter of Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees in the nation. SSC's A.A. degrees are transferable to most state universities in the United States.

Why should I enroll?

In aviation, seniority is everything. By graduating from L3 and participating in the Tuition Reimbursement Program, pilots have the opportunity to get their certificates/ratings, build flight hours, earn their two-year degree and go on to the airlines in less time than a four-year university degree.

The clock hours and Associate’s Degree earned will be accepted by most four-year degree programs. As a benefit of being one of our Flight Instructors, L3 Airline Academy may reimburse up to 50% of the tuition of an A.A. degree from Seminole State College (SSC) of Florida. This percentage is determined by the number of transfer credits accepted by SSC.

How to enroll
  • Graduate Professional Pilot Program
  • Work as an L3 Certified Flight Instructor
  • Complete probationary period
  • Contact L3 Airline Academy's admissions department to enroll
International Flight Instructors

International Flight Instructors may be eligible to participate in the L3 Airline Academy Tuition Reimbursement Program. However, all non-Florida residents will be charged out-of-state tuition for courses at SSC. L3 Airline Academy's reimbursement amounts will be calculated on current in-state tuition rates. International Flight Instructors are advised to make an appointment with the Academy's Registrar office to determine your visa eligibility for this program.