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Airline Pilot Training Funding & Finance

For many aspiring commercial airline pilots, the greatest barrier to becoming a pilot is securing the funding for pilot training. At L3Harris Airline Academy, we are committed to ever-widening access to pilot training, aviation courses and a flying career for those who demonstrate the talent, passion and motivation to become a pilot.

We recognise pilot training is both a large and expensive investment, however, the course cost is a reflection of the quality training and cutting edge facilitates at L3Harris and also comparable with that of a University degree. Cadets can expect to receive unparalleled training from industry renowned instructors and have access to our airline pilot placement pool to help secure your role as a First Officer.

Not forgetting the incredible benefits and the future that lies ahead of you as a pilot, from an attractive salary, having an office above the clouds to making life-long friendships around the globe.

In light of recent events, we have also released a new Integrated ATPL Essentials Course for 2020 which whilst doesn’t include all the features of our popular Integrated ATPL Course, is a cheaper alternative helping you to kick-start your career as a pilot.

In terms of airline pilot training funding, all of our EASA flight training programmes are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property.

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.

Finance for pilot training

There are a number of finance specialists and providers which offer loans and finance for pilot training. Pegasus Personal Finance and Sure Aviation are just two examples of companies offering pilot training finance and loans to help you embark on your career as a pilot.

Loans for pilot training

One way to secure airline pilot training funding is via a secured loan from a UK bank typically against a property.

This route is appropriate if individuals who are responsible for proving the funding have a property which is valued at £150,000 or more. In most instances, banks will only lend up to approximately 60% of the property’s value.

Saving for pilot training

One of the most common solutions to secure funding for pilot training is through savings or inheritance.

We understand the inheritance or finances students have managed to save over a period of time might still not be enough to cover the course costs of an Integrated ATPL training programme. However, with our Modular ATPL course cadets have the ability to kick-start their training and earn money in between modules to earn enough funds for the next part of the course.

Help from your family

Receiving financial help from family members whether it be parents or grandparents, is another common solution to funding your pilot training.

While it can be a big ask from your parents, it is a valuable investment into your future career as a pilot.

What’s more, the cost of your pilot training is not dissimilar to that of a University degree.

Once you have completed your pilot training and obtained your ATPL, you can begin earning as soon as you qualify. The starting salary for newly qualified First Officers is typically above the average starting salary for a University graduate. You can expect to earn anywhere between £22,000 to £28,000 depending on the Airline.

Salaries for Commercial Airline Pilots consistently perform as one of the highest earners.

For more information, please read our guide to pilot salaries in the UK.

Pilot salaries in the UK
Training Standard

Our Training Standard provides you with peace of mind throughout training. It’s our commitment to you that by passing our selection process, we believe you’ve got the right stuff to make it as a Commercial Pilot, and we’ll go the extra mile to get you there.

If you require training over and above that set out in Table A, such further training shall be payable in full by yourself at the point that you require it. Please note our Training Standard is not included in our Integrated ATPL Essential course.

Table A

Ground School
The repeat sitting of one ground school module

Ground School Examinations
3 additional attempts of ATPL Examinations (in total)

Flying / Simulator Training
10 hours total additional training

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