Explore our flight training schools in the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand.

Our EASA Approved L3Harris Flight Schools

Our L3Harris flight schools are where memories are made and lifelong friendships formed.

Approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), you can have peace of mind knowing our European commercial pilot training and flight school programmes follow the highest standards of training and safety.

You’ll be encouraged to remain as flexible as possible as you have the opportunity to train across the UK as well as further afield in Europe and New Zealand to complete your aviation training course.

We have flight schools across the UK, Europe and New Zealand. Each of our L3Harris flight schools are modern sites equipped with the latest training facilities from training aircraft, flight training devices to flight simulators to help you learn how to become a successful commercial pilot.

As a pilot cadet, you’ll study alongside like-minded people and create lifelong friendships whilst training at our EASA approved flight schools. Learn more about L3Harris pilot training finance and funding before you apply.

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Cascais, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Crawley, United Kingdom
Crawley, United Kingdom
Hamilton, New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealand
Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Ponte de Sor, Portugal
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Why L3Harris Airline Academy?
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

6 global Academy locations
6 global Academy locations

Dedicated graduate placement team to secure your pilot role
Dedicated graduate placement team to secure your pilot role

95% of our 2019 graduates already working as Co-Pilots for 22 commercial airlines
95% of our 2019 graduates already working as Co-Pilots for 22 commercial airlines

    Flight School FAQs

  • What should I consider when looking for a flight school?

      There are a number of things you should consider when looking for a flight school, including:

    • Integrated vs Modular Training Programmes

      Integrated training programmes combine all elements of pilot training in one course with a single approved ATO. They are designed to train cadets with little to no flying experience to become a qualified co-pilot.

      Modular training programmes on the other hand allow pilot cadets more flexibility with their training. The ATPL course is broken down into Modules (Theoretical Knowledge, flight training, MCC) which can be studied individually/separately allowing cadets to work in between Modules to pay for future training. All Modules must be completed within three years of passing Theoretical Knowledge exams.

    • Cost

      The quality of training you can expect to receive as well as the state-of-the-art facilitates you have access to at L3Harris flight schools is reflected in the cost of our pilot training programmes. Not only that, we are also renowned for our excellent pass rate and pilot placement rate.

      Although an expensive investment, costs can vary between courses where more cost effective alternatives are available. For example, an integrated training programme is typically more expensive than a modular training programme.

      At L3Harris, we have two ATPL courses with different pricing options. Our ATPL Essential course is a cheaper alternative to our standard ATPL training programme which has a greater number of benefits and advantages.

      If you opt for the cheaper alternative, the ATPL Essential course, you won’t have access to the world-renowned airline placement pool, accommodation provided throughout your course or receive additional training, over and above the syllabus requirements as you would with our ATPL course. To find out more, please, visit our Integrated ATPL training programme.

    • Safety Records & Reputation

      When looking for a flight school, take into consideration a flight school’s safety record and reputation before making a decision. This will give you a good indication of the quality of training you can expect to receive during your training programme.

    • Career Development & Prospects

      It is important to look for a flight school which offers career development opportunities and support to help you with your career prospects. At L3Harris, we offer help with CV writing, mock interviews and teaching interview techniques to ensure cadets have the necessary skills and preparation to help them secure a role as a co-pilot.

    • Training Facilities & Equipment

      Access to modern training facilities and the latest training equipment will be an important factor in your decision making process.

      Facilities & equipment differ from flight school to flight school, however, cadets will have access to training aircrafts, full-flight simulators and flight training devices to name a few. We also provide accommodation and sports facilities if cadets are required to stay away from home.

  • What locations do you offer for training?

      Our flight schools are based across the UK, Europe and New Zealand.

      ATPL theory training will be required to be completed at our Crawley flight school near Gatwick. While our flight training is currently taking place in either UK - Bournemouth, New Zealand - Hamilton or Europe - Portugal.

      We will require you to be as flexible as possible as you are unable to select a preference for a particular flight school to complete your training.

  • What is the difference between ATO and RTF?

      ATO stands for Approved Training Organisation whilst RTF stands for Registered Training Facility. If you are training to qualify for a pilot’s license, you will need to complete your pilot training at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or Registered Training Facility (RTF).

      An ATO is an organisation which provides training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry-agreed training standard.

      As of April 2019, a RTF must be registered as either a Declared Training Organisation (DTO) or an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to be able to offer future pilots EASA licenses.