Pilot training in the United States.

How to become a pilot in the U.S.A.

Becoming a pilot with L3 is an investment in your future. We have the facilities and training expertise at our Florida Airline Academy to prepare our cadets for an exciting and rewarding career as a Commercial Airline Pilot. As a world leader in aviation training, L3 is dedicated to helping our graduates build flight hours, preparing tomorrow’s pilots for a role with one of the global airlines we work with.

Where you will train

If you are successfully selected to become a pilot in the U.S.A your training will take place at our Florida Airline Academy based at Orlando Sanford International Airport. With over 100 aircraft, this site has one of the largest fleets in the industry and the Florida climate provides the ideal weather for flying. As well as modern facilities and world-leading training, cadets at our Florida campus enjoy many fun extra-curricular activities and most form lifelong friendships.

U.S.A. (FAA) pilot training journey
Pilot training courses

Becoming a pilot in the U.S.A. means your pilot training will be regulated by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and your training will be tailored to meet FAA requirements.

Browse our pilot training courses in the U.S.A and enroll to start your pilot training journey at our Florida flight school.

U.S.A. (FAA) pilot training courses
Before you apply

There are certain requirements you must meet before applying to become a cadet pilot in the U.S.A. All applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of their program, hold a FAA Medical Certificate and be able to produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before pilot training can commence.

Requirements, application & selection

Our Florida Airline Academy accepts applications from both United States citizens and international students. Non U.S. citizens must hold a valid non-immigrant visa and possess adequate financial resources to complete the program and to support themselves and any accompanying family members while in the United States.

Requirements, application & selection
Education and English language requirements

In accordance with FAA pilot certification requirements, all applicants must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

Applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to take an Academy English Assessment.

Applicants must also meet 1 of the 3 following requirements:

  1. Received high school diploma – evidence of a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  2. High school transcript required of received GED – evidence of completed 24 college credit hours from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. College transcript required Private Pilot's Certificate with verification of high school diploma or GED
Your future pilot career

Most applicants who wish to become a pilot in the U.S.A. aspire to fly for a commercial airline. Our pilot training courses are all designed to prepare you for a role as a Co-Pilot on a passenger aircraft. It is important to note the FAA states that all graduate pilots must build at least 1,500 flying hours before applying to work for an airline.

Here at L3 we help you achieve your ultimate career goal by offering all our graduates an interview to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) – one of the best ways of building flight hours.

We also invite representatives from airlines to visit the campus and interview our cadets and flight instructors, providing valuable opportunities to secure your future pilot career.

Career prospects and CFI opportunities in the U.S.A.
Pilot training news & updates

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