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L3Harris Airline Academy

Are you ready to pursue your dream of becoming a pilot at our Flight Academy? When you train with L3Harris Airline Academy you’re not only learning to fly, we’re training you to become a commercial airline pilot. Thousands of our graduates are now flying for major airlines worldwide thanks to our world class training, quality Instructors and relationships with global airlines. We offer a range of cadet pilot programmes, all regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), including Integrated and Modular ATPL pilot training. As a commercial pilot you will enjoy a rewarding career travelling the globe. Learn how you can become a pilot in the U.K. and Europe.

L3Harris pilot training courses

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U.K. & Europe pilot training courses

Becoming a pilot in the U.K. or Europe means your pilot training will be regulated by the UK CAA or European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - all training is tailored to meet these requirements.

Your pilot training will take place at one, or multiple flight academies in the UK and Portugal. To see our full range of EASA training courses, including the Integrated ATPL and Modular ATPL click the link below.

U.K. & Europe pilot training courses
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Rest of world pilot training courses

Some of the airlines we work with are based outside of Europe or the United States and are therefore governed by other regulatory bodies aside from EASA and FAA. To see our full range of other training courses, including IndiGo, Jetstar Asia and Royal Brunei courses click the link below.

Rest of world pilot training courses
Why is L3Harris flight academy different?

At our flight academies, pilot cadets can complete a variety of aviation courses which are approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). From Integrated ATPL routes to Modular ATPL programmes we have something for everyone. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose L3Harris flight academy:

  • We have a dedicated pilot placement team to find your first role as a First Officer with a global airline
  • We provide support and advice with interview preparations and CV writing
  • We have brand new state-of-the-art training facilities
  • Cadets have access to over 100 single-engine and multi-engine aircraft with latest avionics technology which you will find on flight decks of commercial jets
  • Cadets are trained by Flight Instructors and Theoretical Knowledge Instructors – many of whom are ex airline captains - with thousands of hours combined experience
  • Over 25 years’ experience training pilots for some of the world’s best known airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, TAP and Ryanair
  • 95% of cadets were placed with an airline on graduation in 2019.

Our cadet pilots

From day one L3Harris trained us to become airline pilots. Even when flying a single engine piston fixed wing aircraft, the focus is on flying a commercial jet in the future.

N. HibbertCourse: Virgin Atlantic MPL

Don’t become a pilot for the uniform, the money or to gain social media followers. Do it for the love of flying.

B. LauciricaCourse: easyJet ATPL

There is an incredible sense of camaraderie at L3Harris and everyone looks out for each other. It's one of the friendliest environments I've been in and I’ve made friends for life.

pilot profile image c. storey
C. StoreyCourse: Integrated ATPL

From day one L3Harris trained us to become airline pilots. Even when flying a single engine piston fixed wing aircraft, the focus is on flying a commercial jet in the future.

N. HibbertCourse: Virgin Atlantic MPL

Don’t become a pilot for the uniform, the money or to gain social media followers. Do it for the love of flying.

B. LauciricaCourse: easyJet ATPL

There is an incredible sense of camaraderie at L3Harris and everyone looks out for each other. It's one of the friendliest environments I've been in and I’ve made friends for life.

pilot profile image c. storey
C. StoreyCourse: Integrated ATPL
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How to become a pilot in the U.K. and Europe

Making the decision to become a pilot with L3Harris is a life-changing step towards an exciting and rewarding career.

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Why L3Harris Airline Academy?
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

5 global Academy locations
5 global Academy locations

Dedicated graduate placement team to assist finding your pilot role
Dedicated graduate placement team to assist finding your pilot role

95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams
95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams

    Pilot training FAQs

  • 1. What education requirements are required to apply?

      For many of our programs the minimum educational requirements would be for the applicant to hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or high school equivalents) at grade C or above, including maths, science and English language.

      For more information, please read our guide on qualifications to be a pilot.

      Qualifications to be a pilot

  • 2. What A-Levels should I take and will you accept BTEC instead of A-Level?

      We are not able to recommend specific subjects to study at A-Level, however, we would encourage future cadets to choose subjects they enjoy to ensure they meet the minimum entry requirements or above. Please remember you do not need A-Level qualifications to start pilot training, the minimum requirement is five GCSEs including maths, English and science.

  • 3. How can I finance the training?

      All of our training programs at our Airline Academy are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We ourselves are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers who will be best placed to discuss the products that may be available.

      Learn more about pilot training funding and finance

  • 4. What locations do you offer training?

      Our ATPL theory training will take place at our London Training Centre based near London Gatwick airport. The flight training is currently taking place at our flight academies in either the UK - Bournemouth or Cranfield, Europe - Portugal and UAE – Al.

  • 5. If I am offered a place on an Airline program am I guaranteed a job at the end of training?

      You are not guaranteed a job if you are offered a place at our Airline Academy. However, with an airline program before commencement of training you will be given a conditional offer of employment outlining the standard of your performance which must be met through your training for you to go into employment with the airline.

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