Pilot training regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

UK CAA & EASA pilot training

Do you have a passion for aviation and a commitment to a career as a Commercial Airline Pilot? Want to learn to fly in the UK or Europe? If so then L3Harris Airline Academy can provide all the pilot training you need to begin your airline pilot career.

We are a global leader in airline pilot training and our graduates are highly sought after by airlines around the world. In fact, thousands of our graduates are now flying as Captains and First Officers for major airlines such as easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair.

Our Airline Academy offers a range of UK CAA & EASA approved pilot training courses at our modern flight schools in the UK and Portugal. Cadets will be taught by industry-leading instructors and have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as Flight Simulators and flight training devices.

Most of our British and European cadets choose to undertake our flagship Integrated ATPL pilot training programme. This route is designed to prepare you for a role as a Co-Pilot, while offering the flexibility to apply to any airline upon successful completion of training.

Integrated ATPL takes approximately 18 months to 2 years, subject to scheduling and you don’t need to have flown a plane before applying to L3Harris – we accept applicants with little or no flying experience into our flight schools.

Our Modular ATPL route is popular amongst cadets looking for greater flexibility and the ability to study in their own time and pace. If you hold a Private Pilot License (PPL) you’ll need to complete Theoretical Knowledge training before embarking on your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) training. If you do not already hold a PPL, don’t worry we have courses for that too.

At certain times we also partner with various airlines to offer specific airline-focused routes to the flight deck. These programmes are a collaboration between L3Harris and the airline and often include a conditional offer of employment before training commences.

Train in the UK for your CAA or EASA Integrated ATPL license

All our UK CAA & EASA pilot training courses are designed to launch aviation careers. Choosing our UK Integrated ATPL route means our airline placement team will work to place you as a Co-Pilot with an airline once you have successfully completed your training. Successful graduation from our Integrated ATPL route will provide you with ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training, Commercial Pilots License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP), Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) completion certificate and Upset Prevention & Recovery Training.

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Train in Portugal for your EASA Integrated ATPL license

Taking place in Ponte de Sor, Portugal, this Integrated ATPL course will take you from little or no experience to qualified commercial pilot at one of the largest and best-equipped flight schools in Europe. On successful graduation cadets will qualify with a frozen ATPL license ready to start their flying careers at one of Europe’s major airlines. This really could be the start of a rewarding career flying commercial passenger or cargo aircraft.

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Modular ATPL pilot training

We now offer a modular pilot training route, created for aspiring pilots who want the flexibility to learn in their own time and pay as they train.

The modular course includes everything required to become a commercial pilot in manageable chunks, from Private Pilot’s License (PPL) onwards.

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Qualifications needed to become a pilot

If you're thinking about becoming a pilot, find out the requirements you need to become a pilot to embark on your journey.

Qualifications needed to become a pilot
How to become a pilot in the UK and Europe

Discover how to become a pilot through our Integrated & Modular training routes and start your exciting training journey to becoming a UK CAA or EASA certified commercial Airline Pilot today.

Our UK CAA & EASA pilot training courses are not just flying lessons; the airline culture we adopt from day one will prepare you to become a Co-Pilot, Captain and beyond.

Airline career prospects

We have a team of dedicated Airline Pilot Careers Advisers who are experts in all areas of selection, training and careers. They will provide you with all the information you need to decide on the best route to the flight deck and can help you understand the Airline Pilot career options that could be available in the industry once you graduate as a newly qualified pilot.

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Airline relationships

We are committed to maintaining and growing airline relationships so that we are able to offer our graduates the highest-quality, airline-focused training and unrivaled career opportunities. In turn we have built a reputation as a trusted provider of the highest-calibre pilots in the industry.

Our airline relationships
Funding & finance for pilot training

At L3Harris we are committed to diversity. If you have the skills, drive and passion to become a pilot then we do not want funding to be a barrier. All of our training programmes are self-funded and although we are not able to offer any pilot training financial advice we would suggest that potential candidates speak with banks, lenders and independent financial advisers who will be best placed to discuss the finance and funding solutions available for pilot training, but the most common methods are through savings, inheritance and help from the family.

Course costs are reflective of the world-class quality of training cadets can expect as well as the attractive starting salary of a pilot should cadets be successful in completing their qualification.

Pilot training funding & finance
Flight schools

If you live in the UK or Europe you can begin pilot training at our UK or European Academies.
If you begin your ground school training in the UK, later stages of training could either be in the UK or Portugal.

Our flight schools feature state-of-the-art facilities such as flight training devices, aircraft fleet, full flight simulators as well as modern accommodation, classrooms and on-site restaurants.

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Aircraft fleet

Our UK CAA & EASA fleet spans the United Kingdom and Portugal which comprises over 80 aircraft as well as computer and tablet-based training devices, fixed-base and flight simulators.

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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 Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. How much does pilot training cost?

      Learning to become a pilot is no small investment, however the cost of our pilot courses are reflected in the quality of our training as well as the opportunities available to progress in their career soon after they obtain their qualification.

      Pilot course costs are as follows:

      Integrated ATPL Course = £86,000
      Integrated ATPL Essential Course = £79,950
      ATPL Theory E-Learning = £2,400
      EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge = £6,950

  • 2. What are your funding options?

      All of our training programs 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. For more information, please visit our finance and funding page by clicking the link below.

      Airline Pilot Training Funding & Finance Options

  • 3. How long does Airline pilot training take?

      The length of your airline pilot training will vary depending on the course you select.

      Typically, Integrated ATPL courses take anywhere between 18 and 24 months to complete.

      Modular ATPL courses on the other hand offer greater flexibility and cadets have the three years to complete training once they have passed their theoretical knowledge exams.

      If you choose to combine our Integrated ATPL course with a University degree, it will take you approximately 3 years to complete.

  • 4. What criteria do I need meet to apply for Airline pilot training?

      Our entry criteria determines the minimum requirements to start pilot training. Including: being 18 years old to start training, holding a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C / 4 or above (or international equivalent), be able to pass an EASA Class 1 Medical and have the right to live and work in EEA and Switzerland or be able to obtain a Tier 4 Visa.

  • 5. Can I chose where I do my training?
  • 6. Are there any Scholarships and do I qualify?

      Currently we are not offering any Scholarship places at our UK CAA & EASA Airline Academies.

Upcoming pilot career events

June and July European Airline Academy Webinars and Open Days: Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Jul 24 2021 | Airline Academy
June and July European Airline Academy Webinars and Open Days: Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Online, Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Be A Pilot Career Expo: Sanford, FL - June 19, 2021
Jun 19 2021 | Airline Academy
Be A Pilot Career Expo: Sanford, FL - June 19, 2021
Sanford, Florida
European Airline Academy Open Day: Ponte de Sor, Portugal - June 19, 2021
Jun 19 2021 | Airline Academy
European Airline Academy Open Day: Ponte de Sor, Portugal - June 19, 2021
Ponte de Sor, Portugal
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