Our Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) courses are designed to prepare you for a future Airline Pilot job.

Integrated ATPL course

New course and pricing options for 2020

Our Integrated ATPL courses are designed to prepare you for the role of Co-Pilot with one of the global airlines we work with. On successful completion of the course, you will graduate with a frozen ATPL issued by the UK CAA or Irish IAA. Throughout your flight school training, the entire focus will be on preparing you for your future airline pilot career and our results speak for themselves; 95% of our 2019 graduates are now flying for 21 airlines including easyJet, British Airways, TAP Air Portugal and Ryanair.

You will complete your ATPL theory training and ground school training at our flight schools across the UK, Europe and New Zealand. 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, however, there are a number of finance and funding solutions for pilot training to consider. The most common methods to pilot funding are through savings, inheritance and help from the family.

In response to recent global events, we have launched our new ATPL Essential programme priced from £79,950 to show our commitment to helping aspiring pilots achieve their dreams during these challenging economic times. The ATPL Essential programme follows the same training footprint as our ATPL Standard course, but cadets will not have access to the Airline Pilot Placement Pool or any provisions for additional training if required. They will also not be able to undertake the Middlesex University BSc Hons Degree in conjunction with their training. Please see the table below for more information.

Integrated ATPL course details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: 18-24 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: 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, New Zealand or wider Europe.

Which ATPL course is right for you?




Cost of training



All training and equipment


✓ (excludes Flight Bag)

Airfield fees

Air travel between training locations during the course

Training Standard


License issue*

Access to world-renowned airline placement pool

Accommodation throughout course

Middlesex University BSc Hons Degree eligibility


*On successful completion of the course you will obtain a frozen ATPL license issued by the UK CAA or the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). 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 authority for more information. Additional charges will apply if you choose to study for the IAA license. Please speak with our Pilot Careers Advice team for more information (+44 (0)1293 491381 / pilotcareers.cts@l3harris.com)

Training standard

**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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ATPL

      Airline Transport Pilot Licence - The highest level of aircraft pilot licence enabling pilots to fly an aircraft over 5700kg or with more than 9 passenger seats.


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

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • Aeroplane Upset

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Why Consider Pilot Training With L3Harris Airline Academy?
  • From day one you’ll not only learn to fly, you’ll learn how to become an Airline Pilot
  • Our Instructors are renowned throughout the aviation industry and provide world-class training that will challenge and motivate you to become the best pilot you can be
  • During training you’ll meet supportive, like-minded people and forge life-long friendships
  • Access to our Airline Pilot Placement Pool, on successful completion of Standard ATPL, to help you secure a First Officer job
  • 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).

95% of our 2019 graduates are now flying for 21 airlines including easyJet, British Airways, TAP Air Portugal and Ryanair.

    Further information

  • 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 apply if you choose to enrol on the BSC (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice alongside your training
      • Additional fees required for type rating once employed by an airline. This will vary depending on the airline
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.

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

Education and English language

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


Be able to obtain:

  1. EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for Irish IAA license; or
  2. UK CAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for UK CAA license
  1. Have the unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland; or
  2. Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Tier 4 study visa.
Background and selection

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

Pass L3Harris' selection process.

Selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course

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



  • Ground School

    Ground School


  • Flight training

    Flight training


  • Intermediate training

    Intermediate training


  • TIME
  • 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, New Zealand 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, New Zealand 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

6 global Academy locations
6 global Academy locations

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

95% of our 2019 graduates already working as Co-Pilots for 22 commercial airlines
95% of our 2019 graduates already working as Co-Pilots for 22 commercial airlines