How Much Does it Cost to be a Pilot?

by L3Harris Airline Academy on Apr 23 2021

When deciding to embark on pilot training, one of the most frequently asked questions is ‘how much does it cost to be a pilot?’.

And it comes as no surprise as to why. Obtaining your pilot's license is a huge financial commitment. However, the cost of a pilot license is reflected in the quality of training as well as the benefits attached to the programme. Not forgetting, how much it costs to become a pilot will depend on whether you’re looking to obtain your commercial pilot’s license or private pilot’s license.

The largest cost a cadet will incur is the cost of pilot training itself which will vary depending on the course, however, additional fees to consider include:

  • Accommodation
  • Selection fees (L3Harris Airline Academy selection fees are free of charge until July 2021)
  • English Language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Initial aviation medical examinations
  • Aviation medical renewals
  • Certificate of proficiency from a CAA-approved ELP testing organisation (if applicable)
  • CAA Flight Test and license Application Fees
  • Food and other personal living costs
  • Personal travel
  • iPad (generation 2 or above)
  • Insurances
  • Additional fees if you choose to enrol on the BSC (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice
  • Additional fees required for type rating once employed by an airline.

There are a number of options when it comes to financing the cost of your pilot license, the most common being self-funded by way of savings or via a loan typically secured against a UK property. Cadets can also utilise finance specialists and providers and help from family members to fund the cost of a pilot license. For more information, please visit our Finance and Funding page.

In this article, we’ll break down how much it costs to become a pilot for each of the pilot training programmes offered by L3Harris Airline Academy.

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Integrated ATPL Pilot Training Cost

Our Integrated ATPL course takes cadets from little to no flying experience to a fully qualified Co-Pilot with a global airline in 24 months. Cadets can train for their UK CAA ATPL license (which enables you to be Pilot in Command (PIC) for airlines registered in the UK) or EASA ATPL License (which enables you to be a PIC for airlines registered in Europe) in the UK or in Portugal. But, how much does it cost to complete your integrated ATPL pilot training?

Our UK-based Integrated ATPL Standard course costs from £86,000 while our EU-based Integrated ATPL course costs €78,000. We understand the cost of pilot training can be a significant financial investment, to help reduce the barriers to entry, we have launched an Integrated ATPL Essential course.

Integrated ATPL Standard

ATPL Standard Pilot License Cost = £86,000

The Integrated ATPL Standard pilot training cost includes the cost of training, all training equipment, uniform, airfield fees, all travel to allocated training locations, training standard, license issue and access to Airline Pilot Placement Pool.

The training standard is defined as an additional training which is over and above the syllabus requirements, that ensures that should you need to repeat a lesson or a test, it will be included within your tuition fees. Specifically, the training standard will cover:

  • The repeat sitting of one ground school module.
  • 3 additional attempts of ATPL examinations (in total).
  • 10hr total of additional flying/simulator training.

Integrated ATPL Essential

ATPL Essential Pilot License Cost = £79,950

The Integrated ATPL Essential pilot training cost follows the same training footprint as our standard course but does not include provisions for additional training, and does not provide access to the Airline Pilot Placement Pool.

For more information, please visit our Integrated ATPL course

Integrated ATPL Essential

Portugal ATPL Pilot license Cost = €78,000

  • Selection fees (free of charge until July 2021)
  • EASA Class 1 Medical (£500-£600)
  • Personal Insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Food and personal living costs
  • iPad (generation 2 or above)

For more information, please visit our Portugal EASA Integrated ATPL course

Modular ATPL Pilot Training Cost

A Modular ATPL course gives cadets flexibility to obtain their frozen ATPL in bitesize chunks so they can pay as they train. To begin a Modular ATPL training programme, cadets will need a PPL and have logged 150 flight hours. But, how much does it cost to complete your Modular ATPL pilot training?

Private Pilot License with Night Rating

A Private Pilot License is required to start your Modular ATPL training. Whether you want to learn to fly as a hobby or to become a commercial airline pilot, PPL training kick starts your journey - learn how to become a private pilot. We also include Night Rating within our PPL training which enables cadets to fly at night using Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

Private Pilot License with Night Rating Cost = £13,000

The Private Pilot license course cost includes the cost of training, airport fees, air travel to allocated training locations, return transfer to and from airport training location, license issues, uniform and PPL theory training and Air Law exam.

Additional costs to become a pilot to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fees (free of charge until July 2021)
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical (£500-£600)
  • CAA Flight Test and license Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

For more information, please visit our Private Pilot License (PPL) training course

Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based Learning)

Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based Learning) is designed to equip cadets with a solid foundation of commercial flying knowledge to help them progress on to the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of flight training.

Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based Learning) pilot training cost = £6,950

Theoretical Knowledge course cost includes full-time ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training, first attempt at ATPL examinations, all training equipment and uniform.

Additional costs to become a pilot to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Selection fees (free of charge until July 2021)
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • iPad (Generation 2 or above)
  • Insurances

For more information, please visit our Theoretical Knowledge course

Theoretical Knowledge (Distance Learning)

Theoretical Knowledge (Distance Learning) is a combination of distance learning and classroom sessions split into three modules which will cover 1 third of the 13 ATPL examinations at any one time.

Theoretical Knowledge (Distance Learning) pilot training cost = £2,400

Theoretical Knowledge course cost includes:

  • Study guides and reading assignments from our iPad ibooks and interactive App.
  • Plus three classroom days per module and cost of exam (first attempt only).
  • Full time support from our training experts.

Additional costs to become a pilot:

  • Selection fees (free of charge until July 2021)
  • Accommodation, if required, during the classroom study days.
  • All ATPL Theory Examinations
  • Any additional ATPL ground school tuition
  • iPad
  • CRP5 Navigation Computer
  • Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual
  • Protractor, Navigation Ruler, Compass and dividers
  • CAA Approved Scientific Calculator

For more information, please visit our Distance Learning course

Hours Building

Our hours building course is designed to equip you with 150hrs flying time which you need to commence your CPL training. If you hold a PPL, you will already have at least 50hrs of flying under your belt. You’ll complete your training in a single-engine piston aircraft such as the Garmin 1000, glass cockpit aircraft.

Hours Building pilot training cost = £20,000 | offer price: £16,000

Included in the cost of your hour building training is training, airport fees, air travel to allocated training locations, return transfer to and from airport to training location and uniform.

Additional costs to become a pilot:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical (£500-£600)
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

For more information, please visit our Hours Building course

MEP CPL IR

Our Commercial Pilot license (CPL) with Multi-Engine (ME) Instrument Rating (IR) equips you with advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to a commercial standard. CPL MEIR will enable you to fly a twin-engined aircraft in circumstances with reduced visibility.

Commercial Pilot license cost = £39,500

CPL MEIR course cost includes the cost of training, airport fees, air travel to allocated training locations, return transfer to and from airport to the training location, license issue and uniform.

Additional costs to become a pilot to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fees (free of charge until July 2021)
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical (£500-£600)
  • CAA Flight Test and license Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

For more information, please visit our MEP CPL IR course

Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)

Our Airline Pilot Standards (APS) Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) course is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in Crew Resource Management (CRM), Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) and Jet Orientation Training (JOT). With this qualification under your belt, you can progress onto a Type Rating course.

Multi-Crew Cooperation pilot training cost = £5,699

Multi-Crew Cooperation course cost includes the cost of training and all training equipment.

Additional costs to become a pilot to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fees (free of charge until July 2021)
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and license Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

For more information, please visit our APS MCC Course

Start your journey to becoming a pilot today

We appreciate the cost of becoming a pilot comes as a large investment, but with over 40 years in pilot training, a first time pass rate of 95% for theoretical knowledge exams (2020) and a placement rate of 96% (2019), we are confident our cadets can become successful pilots with L3Harris Airline Academy.

Becoming a pilot allows cadets to escape the mundane and take their office to the clouds. Not only will you be able to explore the world in your job, you’ll also make lifelong friendships with like minded people from different cultures and experience the benefits and rewards of being a pilot. Learn how you can become a commercial airline pilot or with L3Harris Airline Academy and launch your career today - the skies the limit.