The Pilot Pathways Aviation Industry Recovery (AIR) Scholarship from L3Harris Airline Academy.

Aviation Industry Recovery (AIR) Scholarship


The AIR Scholarship

As the airline industry emerges from the global downturn, L3Harris is showing its commitment to aspiring pilots by launching the Pilot Pathways Aviation Industry Recovery (AIR) Scholarship.

The past 18 months have been tough, especially for the aviation sector, and we want to help future aviators fulfil their dreams of a rewarding career on the flight deck, by launching the L3Harris Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarships – the total scholarship fund is £30,000 and offers cadets the opportunity to receive up to £10,000 towards the cost of Integrated ATPL training.

Who is eligible for the Scholarship?

To be eligible for the AIR Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Meet our entry criteria
  • Apply before 30 September 2021
  • Pass the L3Harris Airline Academy Selection process
  • Start Integrated ATPL training in the UK before 31 December 2021

Full terms & conditions can be found here.

How to apply

To apply for the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship, click on any of the 'Apply Now' buttons on this page. This will take you to the online application process.

Step 1: Register your personal details and create login details (email address and password).

Step 2: Verify your registration (we will email a verification link to the email address you provide).

Step 3: Complete the L3Harris Airline Academy online application form.

Following completion of the online application you will be invited to a Selection interview. If you successfully pass the interview you will move to Step 4.

Step 4: Submit 500 word essay on your desire to become a pilot and why you think you are deserving of the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship.

All essays received will be reviewed by a panel of aviation professionals who will decide who to award the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarships to.

How and when will the Scholarships be awarded?

Successful candidates will be notified they have been awarded the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship before they commence training. Scholarship monies (up to £10,000) will be applied to the final payment(s) of the Training Agreement Payment Plan.

What training programme is the Scholarship applied to?

The Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship is applied to Integrated ATPL training in the UK. At L3Harris we offer Integrated ATPL programmes regulated by UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

If you decide to train for an Integrated ATPL regulated by CAA your training will be tailored to regulations of this authority and on successful completion you will be issued with a CAA frozen ATPL, meaning you can apply for jobs with UK registered airlines such as easyJet and British Airways.

If you choose and EASA Integrated ATPL you will graduate with an EASA license and be eligible to apply for jobs with airlines registered in Europe, such as easyJet, Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal.

What is Integrated ATPL Training?

An Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) is the minimum license needed in the UK and Europe to fly commercial passenger (or cargo) jets. At L3Harris Airline Academy we take aspiring pilots with little or no flying experience and train them to become commercial pilots.

Integrated ATPL programme:

  • Cost: From £79,950*
  • Status: Full-time
  • License: UK CAA or EASA ATPL
  • Duration: 74 weeks
The course

Programme timeline:

  • Ground School: Classroom/computer based theoretical knowledge – 13 subjects in total – 28 weeks
  • Foundation Flight Training: Single-engine aircraft – 20 weeks
  • Advanced Flight Training: Multi-engine aircraft – 23 weeks
  • APS MCC: Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Certificate – 3 weeks

On successful completion of the course you will graduate with:

  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge
  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) Class Rating
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) completion certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

These combined make up the frozen ATPL.

*The £79,950 Integrated ATPL programme includes the L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise, which consists of FREE license revalidations for 24 months (or until airline employment, whichever comes first) for 24 months from the date you graduate.

For an extra £6,050 you can also opt-in to the Airline Standards Assurance Pathway (ASAP). Cadets that opt-in to ASAP will receive additional training above and beyond the course syllabus should they need it, and access to the renowned L3Harris Graduate Placement Pool.

Visit the Integrated ATPL training programme for full details.

Entry requirements for the Scholarship
Personal qualities
  • Passionate about aviation
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Aptitude for number and data analysis
  • Demonstrate spatial awareness
  • An eye for attention to detail

Age and height
  • Be at least 17 years of age to submit an application

  • Be at least 18 years of age when you start pilot training

  • Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm)

Education and English language
  • Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C/Level 4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English language

  • Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent)

  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written)

  • Be able to obtain a UK CAA or EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions

Criminal record check
  • Produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence


Studying in the UK:

  • UK CAA ATPL or EASA ATPL: Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK


  • Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Student Visa

Studying in Europe:

  • Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland


  • Meet the Portuguese Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a study visa


Pass a Selection process that includes:

  • Aptitude and numerical testing
  • Personality questionnaires
  • Competency-based interviews

The AIR Scholarship Selection process is competitive and only candidates that achieve the highest grades throughout will be invited to submit a 500 word essay highlighting their desire to become a pilot and why they think you are deserving of the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship.

About L3Harris Airline Academy
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

Excellent first time pass rate on Ground School exams
Excellent first time pass rate on Ground School exams

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