Maximise your flying time with our Hours Building programme.

Hours Building Course


Are you a newly qualified pilot with a PPL (Private Pilot Licence) and considering being an airline pilot? If you’re thinking about training towards your CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence), then we have a programme that could help fast track you to the 150 flight hours needed to start the next phase of training.

L3Harris is pleased to announce the launch of its Hours Building programme, based out of our Airline Academies in the UK and Portugal. This programme has been designed for aspiring pilots with ambitions to become commercial aviators. Book now for a reduced price of £16,000.

Hours Building course summary
  • Cost: £16,000 (reduced from £20,000)
  • Duration: 10-15 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Type: Hours Building towards CPL and IR (Instrument Rating) training
  • Required Experience: PPL
  • Training aircraft: Single-Engine piston aircraft
  • Location: Ponte de Sor, Portugal or UK
  • Entry criteria: You must hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

Graduation qualifications

  • 150 flight hours required to commence CPL training
Hours Building course costs

Cost: £16,000 (reduced from £20,000)

Payment Schedule:

  • Initial payment: £4,000 (payment must be received before commencing training)
  • 2 x instalments: £6,000 (second instalment must be received by training week 5)
  • Payment schedule will be confirmed at time of booking


What’s included in the price?

  • Airfield fees at Ponte de Sor or UK training facilities
  • Use of L3Harris single-engine piston aircraft and fuel
  • Check flight with a qualified Flight Instructor
  • Access to Academy facilities, including canteen and study areas

Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation
  • Air travel to Portugal
  • Travel to and from the Academy
  • Visa requirements
  • Insurances
  • Personal living expenses
  • Class 2 Medical
  • Flight training equipment such as a headset
Why Choose L3Harris Airline Academy?
40+ years experience
40+ years experience

Almost half a century of helping pilots follow their dreams.

Proven performance
Proven performance

Over 1,500 cadets in training each year.

State-of-the-art training centres
State-of-the-art training centres

5 global training locations.

Modern training aircraft
Modern training aircraft

Aircraft equipped with glass cockpits and avionics that mirror commercial flight deck.

    Hour Building course FAQs

  • What is the Ponte de Sor, Portugal Airline Academy like?

      Our European Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor encompasses all aspects of flight training, from foundation flying in single-engine aircraft to more advanced training in multi-engine aircraft.

      This modern campus is one of the largest in Europe and has outstanding facilities and communal areas for cadets to relax and socialise when not working or flying. With over 300 sunny days a year Ponte de Sor is the ideal location for flying.


      • Over 260.000 square feet training centre
      • 1,800 metre runway and dedicated Instrument Landing System (ILS)
      • 20 plus training aircraft including Piper Archer and Cessna 172
      • On site accommodation available (on request)
      • Large, modern restaurant serving food and beverages

      European Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor

  • What are your UK Flight Schools & training locations like?

      You will complete your Hours Building course at our flight school in Bournemouth which provides cadets with access to an operations room, technical library as well as training aircraft.

      Flight school in Bournemouth