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, Europe or New Zealand? 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. Once your European flight training is successfully complete, our team of dedicated airline pilot advisors can help you find a Co-Pilot airline role - 95% of our 2019 EASA graduates are now flying for airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.
Our Airline Academy offers a range of EASA approved pilot training courses at our modern flight schools in the UK, Portugal and New Zealand. 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 program. 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, 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 Licence (PPL) you’ll need to complete Theoretical Knowledge training before embarking on your Commercial Pilot Licence (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.
Integrated ATPL pilot training
All our EASA pilot training courses are designed to launch aviation careers. Choosing our 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.Discover our Integrated ATPL course
European pilot training courses
Our 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.Explore our pilot training courses
Airline career prospects in Europe
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.Explore your pilot career prospects
European 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 programs are self-funded and although we are not able to offer any pilot training 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 finance and funding solutions available for pilot training.Funding & finance
European 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, Portugal or New Zealand.
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.Explore our global flight schools
European aircraft fleet
Our EASA fleet spans the United Kingdom, Portugal and New Zealand and comprises over 80 aircraft as well as computer and tablet-based training devices, fixed-base and flight simulators.Learn more about our European Aircraft Fleet
Why L3Harris Airline Academy?
29 years heritage in pilot training
7 global Academy locations
Dedicated graduate placement team to secure your pilot role
95% of our 2019 graduates already working as Co-Pilots for 22 commercial airlines
- 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
BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice = £113,750
- 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.
- 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?
Depending on the pilot training courses you opt for, you will need to be flexible in where your training takes place.
Integrated ATPL courses start with Theoretical Knowledge (Ground School) in the UK at our London Training Centre (LTC) near Gatwick
Flight training is subject to scheduling and where we have capacity at the time, it could take place in Bournemouth or Cranfield in the UK, Ponte de Sor in Portugal or Hamilton in New Zealand.
- 6. Are there any Scholarships and do I qualify?
Currently we are not offering any Scholarship places at our EASA (UK, Europe or New Zealand) Airline Academies.
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