The FAA pilot training journey in the U.S.A.

U.S.A. pilot training journey

Discover the journey you will take to become a FAA certified pilot at our Florida Airline Academy.

Obtaining your pilot license in the U.S.A. can be achieved in as little as 15 months at L3, subject to scheduling. The steps below outline a cadet pilot’s typical progression through our flagship Professional Pilot Program.

Stage 1: Research

Our Florida flight school

There are many flight schools in Florida, but none that stand out like L3 Airline Academy. As part of a world-leading, global aviation business, our cadets have access to the latest training technologies and systems.

Our Florida flight school is well equipped with over 100 aircraft and five Flight Training Devices, but aside from our excellent facilities we have a reputation in the industry for having friendly, approachable staff who provide outstanding training.

We hold regular ‘Be A Pilot Careers Events’ (BAPCEs) across the state and country and recommend you attend one of these events to meet the team and get a feel for life at L3 Airline Academy as well as learning more about being a pilot as a career. It can also help to check out our blog posts to get a sense of what cadet life is like, during and after your training.

Stage 2: Application & selection

Please check the entry criteria for the United States to ensure you are eligible for the pilot training program you wish to apply for.

Once you are ready to apply you can either submit the short application form on the website to register your interest in a program or complete the full application form online. We charge an application fee of $150.

Once your application has been screened by our admissions team you will be invited to complete a Wonderlic assessment. You must meet or exceed the minimum score requirement.

Stage 3: Preparation

Once through selection, it will be time to move into your accommodation and begin your course. Our student services team can provide assistance with orientation, housing, transportation and student affairs. We also coordinate extra-curricular activities to help you and your fellow course mates have fun and get to know one another.

Stage 4-7: Training

Stage 4: Private Pilot Certificate

You will study for your Private Pilot Certificate (PPL) at ground school within Academic Building of our Florida Airline Academy as well as learning to fly a single engine airplane.  Once this phase is successfully complete you will receive your Private Pilot License (PPL).

U.S.A. (FAA) Ground school training
Stage 5: Instrument Rating

Achieving your Instrument Rating (IR) extents the privileges of your PPL and allows you to fly according to Instrument Flight Rules. Obtaining your IR will build your confidence in flying under different conditions as you will learn to reference instruments in the flight deck and navigate via electronic signals.

Stage 6: Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Certificate

This module will provide you will commercial pilot privileges in single-engine aircraft. Ground school will include pre-flight preparation and procedures and your flight training will cover FAA regulations such as radio communications, air traffic control and commercial operations.

U.S.A. (FAA) In-flight training
Stage 7: Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on Rating

The multi-engine rating is the next necessary step for any professional pilot who wishes to fly for an airline. The module will focus on aircraft control, performance, and multi-engine operations.

Stage 8. Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Pilots must have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time before they can apply to passenger airlines in the United States. For this reason, we include the Certified Flight Instructor Certificate in our Professional Pilot Program and offer all our graduates an interview to become a flight instructor. Teaching others is a great way to embed your own learning as well as building up valuable flight hours.

Once you have successfully completed your Professional Pilot Program and built up the required 1,500 flight hours you may decide to continue your career as a Flight Instructor or apply to become a Co-Pilot at an airline.

Ready to enroll? Apply online today