Our Integrated ATPL courses are designed to prepare you for the role of Co-Pilot with one of the global airlines we work with.

Integrated ATPL course

Train for your UK CAA or EASA license

Our Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) courses are designed to take you from little to no flying experience to fully qualified airline pilot in 24 months - ready to fly for airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair or TAP Air Portugal.

On successful completion of the course, you will graduate with a frozen ATPL issued by the UK CAA or EASA giving you the chance to start your commercial pilot career as a First Officer.

At L3Harris we offer the choice to train for a UK CAA ATPL license or an EASA ATPL license. When you graduate with a UK CAA ATPL license you can become a pilot for airlines registered in the UK such as easyJet or British Airways. When you graduate with an EASA ATPL license you can become a pilot for airlines registered in Europe such as Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and TAP Air Portugal.

You will complete your ATPL theory training and ground school training at our flight schools across the UK and Europe. Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircrafts, full-flight simulators and flight training devices.

We recognise the ATPL course price is a large investment and a big commitment, but on successful graduation cadets can expect to enjoy a rewarding career as a commercial pilot in the UK or Europe. There are companies that can help and advise on potential finance solutions to fund training, but the most common methods are through savings, inheritance and help from the family.

Integrated ATPL course details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: 18-24 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: UK CAA or EASA Pilot license
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Training on the latest-generation devices
  • Locations: United Kingdom / global approved locations
Successful graduation from this route will provide you with:
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • Commercial Pilots License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) completion certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

These items combined are known as a 'frozen' ATPL and are the minimum entry qualifications to commence a Type Rating and line training to become a Co-Pilot on multi-pilot aircraft with an airline.

Your training is likely to take place at more than one location so you could experience the skies of the United Kingdom or wider Europe.

Which ATPL course is right for you?

Our UK based Integrated ATPL training is priced from £79,950 with our ATPL Essential programme. ATPL Essential follows exactly the same training footprint as our ATPL Standard course, but cadets on the Essential programme will not have any provisions for additional training, if required, during the course and on graduation they will not have access to the Airline Pilot Placement Pool. For a full list of what is include in the price of our Integrated ATPL training programmes please see the table below.

If you would like to train for your EASA license within the EU, then please see our Portugal EASA ATPL course.

ITEM

ATPL ESSENTIAL

ATPL

Cost of training

£79,950

£86,000

All training and equipment

Uniform

✓ (excludes Flight Bag)

Airfield fees

Air travel between training locations during the course

Training Standard

TABLE A**

License issue*

Access to world-renowned airline placement pool

Accommodation throughout course

    Further information

  • License issue*

      *On successful completion of the course you will obtain a frozen ATPL license issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), or the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). If on graduation you secure a job to fly for an airline outside of the UK or Europe you may need to undertake further training or conversion training in order to use the privileges of the license in other jurisdictions. Please contact your national aviation authority for more information. Additional charges will apply if you choose to study for the EASA license, full details are available from our Pilot Careers Advice team.

      Please contact our Pilot Careers Advice team for more information through the link below.

      Submit an enquiry now

  • Table A**

      Table A defines the additional training, over and above the syllabus requirements, that is included within the fees, should you need to repeat a lesson or a test. However if during training you need further additional hours above this amount then additional fees and charges will apply at the point required.

      • Ground School - The repeat sitting of one ground school module. We currently have an excellent first-time pass rate of 97%. So it is unlikely cadets will need to retake any modules but in the event they do, our Training Standard will cover this
      • Ground School Examinations - 3 additional attempts of ATPL Examinations (in total). Cadets training on our ATPL Essential course will be required to cover the costs of resitting ATPL Examinations themselves
      • Flying / Simulator Training - 10 hours total additional training
  • Additional fees
      • Accommodation - can be purchased via L3Harris or sourced independently
      • Selection fees
      • English Language (IELTS) tests, if applicable
      • Initial aviation medical examination fees
      • Aviation medical renewal fees
      • Certificate of proficiency from a CAA-approved ELP Testing Organisation (In the event that you are a non-native English speaker)
      • CAA Counter Fees
      • Food and other personal living costs
      • Accommodation during breaks in training, including leave and holiday
      • Personal travel
      • iPad (Generation 2 or above)
      • Insurances
      • Additional fees required for type rating once employed by an airline. This will vary depending on the airline
Why undertake your Integrated ATPL course with L3Harris?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we have a reputation for providing some of the best ATPL licensed pilots in the world. That’s because from day one we don’t just teach our cadets how to fly we train them to become professional pilots. Our rigorous Integrated ATPL training is delivered by Instructors with thousands of hours of combined industry experience to the highest standards. We offer purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, and modern training aircraft with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 instrumentation.

  • Become a commercial pilot in the UK or EU
  • Train in purpose built, state-of-the-art facilities
  • Train in the UK and/or Europe
  • World-class training from experienced instructors
  • Meet supportive, like-minded people and forge life-long friendships
  • Access our Airline Pilot Placement Pool to help you secure a First Officer job – only available with our Standard ATPL
  • Graduates go on to fly for major Airlines including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair
Dedicated placement team to secure your airline job

From the instant you commence your ATPL course training our entire focus is on your career outcome; achieving your first job as a Co-Pilot with a world-class airline. Uniforms, report times, standard operating procedures – these are all key elements of our airline pilot training; designed to fully prepare you for the incredible career that lies ahead. Once training is complete, our placement team will work to find you the perfect role (not available with ATPL Essential).

Our graduates now fly for major airlines including easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal.

Entry criteria

To be accepted onto our ATPL course you must meet the following entry criteria which is broken down into: age and height, education and English language, medical, visas, background and selection. Read our pilot qualifications and requirements guide for more information.

Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application.

Be at least 18 to commence training.

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

Language

Fluent in English (spoken and written). i

Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.

Education

Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalenti) in different subjects at grade C/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).

Medical

Be able to obtain:

  • UK CAA Class 1 Medical if you are training for a UK CAA ATPL license; or
  • EASA Class 1 Medical if you are training for an EASA ATPL license
Visas

Studying in the UK:

  • UK CAA ATPL or EASA ATPL: Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland; or
  • Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Tier 4 study visa

Studying in Europe:

  • Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland; or
  • Meet the Portuguese Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a study visa
Background checks

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

Selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course
Overview
Overview

There are three stages to our selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course. Our graduates are considered to be among the best in the industry - it all begins with our rigorous selection process.

1. Application screening
1. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.

2. Online assessment
2. Online assessment

If successful, you will be asked to complete four online assessment tests at a total cost of £40.00.

3. Selection day
3. Selection day

On successful completion of your online assessments your selection day will consist of further technical online tests and an Interview conducted via Zoom’ at a total cost of £125.00.

Programme timeline

  • Duration

    Duration

    84

    Weeks
  • Ground School

    Ground School

    29

    Weeks
  • Flight training

    Flight training

    52

    Weeks
  • Intermediate training

    Intermediate training

    3

    Weeks
  • PHASE
  • MODULE
  • TIME
  • SESSIONS
  • Basic Training (ground school)
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

  • 29 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Flight training (Foundation)
  • Single-engine piston aircraft.

  • 26 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or an L3Harris approved location
  • Flight training (Advanced)
  • Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training

    Commercial and instrument flight training

    Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

  • 26 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or an L3Harris approved location
  • Intermediate training
  • Airline Qualification Course (AQC)

    Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC)

    Advanced handling skills

    Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course.

  • 3 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Advanced Training is not included in the cost of ATPL training and will only commence when you have secured a role with an Airline

  • Advanced Training
  • Type Rating training

    Simulator and aircraft training with the airline.

  • 11 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Dependent on airline
We help launch dream careers

"Hopping in the aircraft, completing the start-up checks, run-ups, taxi and take off, there's nothing that I have experienced to date that comes remotely close to the feeling of flight"

L3Harris Airline Academy cadet George B. graduated from our Integrated ATPL career programme in April 2019. Once George successfully passed his flight training modules and our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) we helped to place him in his dream role at easyJet. George has written a personal blog about his journey from L3Harris Airline Academy cadet to easyJet Co-Pilot.

Why L3Harris Airline Academy?
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams
95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams

5 global Academy locations
5 global Academy locations

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

    Integrated ATPL Course Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs
    • What is an ATPL license?

      Short for Airline Transport Pilot License, an ATPL license is the highest level of airline pilot certification. It is required in order to command or pilot a flight with nine or more passenger seats.

    • How to get an ATPL?

      In order to receive an ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot License, a prospective pilot will undergo a training course of usually around two years. This ATPL course will include theoretical training as well as a large number of practice flying hours.

    • How much is an ATPL?

      An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot License is not an insignificant investment. However, there are a number of financing options, including specialist loans from providers such as Pegasus Personal Finance and Sure Aviation.

    • What is the difference between CPL and ATPL?

      The ATPL, or Airline Transport Pilot License is the highest level or airline pilot certification and is required to command or pilot a flight with nine more passenger seats. A CPL is a Commercial Pilots License, and allows you to act as Pilot in Command of a charter or corporate flight, usually of a smaller size than the ATPL permits.

    • What is EASA?

      European Union Aviation Safety Agency - Responsible for ensuring a high and uniform level of safety in civil aviation, but the implementation of common safety rules and measures.

    • What is CAA?

      Civil Aviation Authority - Ensures the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards, consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly, airlines use an efficient use of airspace to effectively manage the impact of local communities and CO2 emissions are reduced, and lastly, so the aviation industry manages security risks effectively.

    • What is CPL MEIR?

      Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) on Multi Engine (ME) aircrafts.

    • What is MCC?

      Multi-Crew Cooperation - Equips future pilots with the theoretical knowledge and relevant practice to develop skills and attitude to operate a multi-crew aircraft.

    • What is UPRT?

      Upset Prevention & Recovery Training - Is a combination of theoretical knowledge and flying training to prepare flight crew with the required competencies to prevent and recover from situations when an aircraft enters ‘aeroplane upset’.

    • What is Aeroplane Upset?

      When an aircraft enters dangerous conditions during operation in which the flight attitude or airspeed is outside the normal bounds of operation.

    • What is a Frozen ATPL?

      Cadets who have passed all 14 ATPL Theoretical exams but have not yet met his or her flying requirements hold a Frozen ATPL.

    • What is an Unfrozen ATPL?

      A Frozen ATPL becomes unfrozen when a cadet has completed a total of 1500 flying hours including 500 hours of multi-crew environment.

Any questions? Enquire today

We appreciate Integrated ATPL training is a big investment in terms of time and money and our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team (APCAT) will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Submit an enquiry today