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Flight Schools & Training Locations

Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). You can have peace of mind knowing our private & commercial pilot training courses follow the highest standards of training and safety.

Learn to fly at L3Harris’ UK flight schools

At L3Harris Airline Academy, our cadets will train to become pilots at our flight schools & training locations situated across the UK - Bournemouth, Cranfield, Gatwick - and Europe - Ponte de Sor.

Our flight schools are equipped with the latest training facilities and aircraft fleet. Cadets have access to:

  • Air Traffic Control Towers (ACT) including the UK’s only digital ATC tower
  • Modern aircraft fleet including Piper Archer PA28 and Diamond DA42s
  • Modern classrooms & study zones
  • On-site restaurants and leisure facilities

You’ll have the opportunity to train across the UK and Europe to obtain your UK CAA or EASA ATPL Licence.

As a pilot cadet, you’ll study alongside like-minded people and create lifelong friendships, as well as having access to world-class facilities and a modern training fleet, all of which creates the best environment for pilot training.

United Kingdom flight schools & training locations

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

This purpose-built facility at Bournemouth International Airport is our Airline Academy training centre for cadets in the multi-engine CPL, Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) and Instrument Rating stages of training.

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Cranfield, United Kingdom

Opened in July 2019, the Cranfield Academy contains state-of-the-art facilities including the UK’s only digital ATC, providing the highest quality of advanced pilot training. Based on campus at Cranfield University, renowned for its aeronautical research and development.

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Crawley, United Kingdom

Our London Training Center - near London Gatwick Airport - is a state-of-the-art, global centre of excellence providing airlines with the highest quality of pilot training.

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European flight schools & training Locations

Ponte de Sor, Portugal

Our European Airline Academy is one of the largest in Europe and covers all areas of flight training. This modern campus has outstanding facilities for both work and leisure, with over 300 sunny days of the year in Ponte de Sor making it the ideal location for flight training.

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    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 facilities 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.

      For more information on the cost of our pilot training course, please visit the page below.

      Course cost breakdown

      • 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 that 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 aircraft, 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 pilot training?

      Our flight schools are based across the UK and Europe.

      ATPL theory training will be required to be completed at our Crawley training centre near Gatwick. While our flight training is currently taking place in either UK - Bournemouth 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 licence, 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 licences.

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