Our EASA integrated Airline Transport Pilot License for aeroplanes (ATPL) course is designed to prepare you for a future Airline Pilot job.


Enrol now for our November 2021 class and qualify for:

L3Harris Airline Academy is confident the aviation industry is at the start of its recovery and as country restrictions are lifted demand for travel will increase in the coming months. Some industry commentators are predicting a return to 2019 levels by 2023/2024. Our EASA Integrated ATPL course takes approximately 18 months, so now might be the right time to start pilot training.

To demonstrate our continued commitment to future pilots we have launched three initiatives; Pilot Ready Promise, free accommodation during Ground School training and the AIR Accommodation Grant.

On successful completion of this course you will graduate with a frozen ATPL issued by EASA, which means you can fly for airlines registered in the European Union, such as TAP Air Portugal, Ryanair and easyJet.

EASA ATPL course summary
  • Cost: €78,000
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Our Integrated ATPL programme takes approx. 18-24 months to complete giving the industry time to recover
  • Type: ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License)
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Location: We’ve been training pilots since 1979 and our state-of-the-art, purpose built Academy in Ponte de Sor, Portugal is one of the largest in Europe.
  • Training: State-of-the-art facilities and latest-generation devices
  • Fleet: Modern training aircraft including Piper Archer PA28 with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 Instrumentation – similar to that found on the big jets!
Graduation qualifications

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with:

  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)
  • Single Engine (SEP) Rating
  • Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) Certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise - FREE licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with an airline

If you would like more information, but would prefer to speak with someone then call our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team on +351 242 240110 or fill out our enquiry form via the link above.


To show our commitment to aspiring pilots we have launched two accommodation offers for cadets that enrol in the November 2021 class.

FREE accommodation during Ground School – ALL cadets that enrol in the November 2021 class will receive FREE accommodation during Ground School. That’s 9 months accommodation on campus - with a value of €3,000 - for no extra cost.

Aviation Industry Recovery (AIR) Accommodation Grant

The first 8 aspiring pilots to enrol in the EASA Integrated ATPL November 2021 class will also receive an AIR Accommodation Grant - FREE accommodation throughout both Ground School and flight training.

These limited offers are based on a shared occupancy basis and are only available to cadets that enrol in the EASA Integrated ATPL programme in Ponte de Sor, Portugal. Single occupancy is available, but additional fees apply. Speak to a member of the team for full details.


Restaurant and bar

Relaxation area

Sport and leisure

Pilot Ready Promise

Enrol in our November 2021 training class and qualify for the L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of EASA Integrated ATPL training you qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

It’s a regulatory requirement to revalidate your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME/IR) every year in order to keep your licence current and up-to-date. At L3Harris we are offering all EASA Integrated ATPL graduates FREE revalidation exams for 2 years after graduation or until employment as a pilot (either commercial or private including as a pilot flight instructor) whichever comes first.

How to qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise

All Cadets that enroll and start training before 6 December 2021 will qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of EASA Integrated ATPL training cadets will be entitled to FREE ME/IR revalidation exams – Year 1 in a Diamond DA42 SIM and Year 2 in a Diamond DA42 aircraft - that’s a potential cost saving of 2,600 over 2 years and means you have one less thing to worry about until you find airline employment.

Portugal ATPL Course Footprint










  • TIME
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

  • 37 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Ponte de Sor, Portugal

    Single-engine piston aircraft.

    Basic instrument flying.

  • 22 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Ponte de Sor, Portugal

    Single-engine piston aircraft and SIMS.

    Commercial and instrument flight training (aircraft and simulator training).

    Performance Based Navigation (PBN).

    Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

  • 21 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Ponte de Sor, Portugal
    • Multi-Engine Flying

    Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training.

    Multi Engine Piston (MEP) simulator training.

  • 5 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Ponte de Sor, Portugal
    • Multi-Crew Cooperation

    Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC).

  • 4 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Entry criteria

To be accepted onto our EASA ATPL course based in Ponte de Sor, Portugal, you must meet the following criteria.

For further information, please read our guide to qualifications & requirements to become a pilot.

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

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, or international equivalent, for example in Portugal: Secondary School (Year 12) completion certificate; including Mathematics, Physics and English language.

Be fluent in English (verbal and written). Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.i


Be able to obtain:

EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for EASA license


Have the 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 and selection

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

Pass L3Harris' selection process.

Selection process onto the EASA Integrated ATPL course

There are two stages to our selection process onto the Portugal 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 your application meets L3Harris requirements.

2. Selection day
2. Selection day

On successful completion of your behavioural tests you will be invited to a Selection day, which currently consists of 6 aptitude assessments carried out remotely followed by a zoom interview.

EASA ATPL Portugal Cost:  €78,000

Fee structure:

  • Initial deposit: €8,000
  • Followed by 14 monthly equal instalments (first instalment payable at the start of first month of training)
  • Total course price payable over 15 instalments

 What is included in the price?

  • Shared accommodation for the 9 months of Ground School training
  • All training and equipment
  • Uniform (excludes flight bag)
  • Airfield fees
  • Licence issue
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exams (first attempt only)
  • CPL IR and SEP exams (first attempt only)
  • Test of English for Aviation (TEA) – ICAO English Language Proficiency Requirements for licensing purposes
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise - FREE licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline

Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation during flight training - can be purchased via L3Harris or sourced independently
  • Travel to and from the training location
  • Selection fee: Free of charge until the end of 2021
  • EASA Class 1 Medical
  • Personal insurances
  • Visas (if required)
  • Additional training above and beyond what is included in the programme (if required)
  • Food and other personal living costs
  • iPad (Generation 2 or above)

How to fund your pilot training

L3Harris’ European Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor, Portugal

We have over 40 years pilot training experience from our European Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor. It is now one of the largest and best-equipped flight schools in Europe.

State-of-the-art facilities. Airfield includes a 1.800-meter runway and dedicated Instrument Landing System (ILS) on a 240.000 sq. meter site.

With an on-site restaurant, campus accommodation and comfortable communal areas our cadets are able to relax and spend time together when not working or flying.

Our accommodation includes:

Shared bedroom


Football pitch

Leisure and relaxation

Our aircraft fleet includes:

Piper PA28

Diamond DA42

What are my career prospects?

Once you have successfully completed your EASA ATPL course at our Ponte de Sor, Portugal, you will obtain your ATPL.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with:

  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)
  • Single Engine (SEP) Rating
  • Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) Certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

We have built strong relationships with airlines such as British Airways, easyJet, Icelandair, IndiGo, Royal Brunei, Ryanair, TAP, Turkish and Wizz Air has enabled us to understand their staffing and training requirement to ensure our cadets are sufficiently prepared for their role post training.

We pride ourselves on securing a 95% pass rate and placing 370 graduates in roles with 21 airlines in 2019.

Why Choose L3Harris Airline Academy?

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    EASA Integrated ATPL course FAQs

  • What is the difference between EASA and UK CAA?

      EASA stands for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. An EASA licence enables you to fly an EASA-registered aircraft for an airline in the European Union. EASA aircraft fall under the regulations of the European Safety Agency.

      UK CAA stands for the UK Civil Aviation Authority. A UK CAA Licence enables you to fly a UK-registered aircraft. UK CAA Aircraft fall under the regulations of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

  • What aircraft fleet will I train on?

      At our Portugal Flight School in Ponte de Sor, cadets will train on:

      • Piper PA28
      • Diamond DA42
  • Where will my EASA ATPL course take place?

      Your EASA ATPL course will take place at our Portugal Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor. This modern airline academy benefits from over 300 days providing cadets with plenty of time to take to the skies. As well as full flight simulators, 1800-meter runway and a dedicated Instrument Landing System (ILS) on a 260,000 sq. ft site to help cadets learn both the theoretical and practical flying skills required to become a successful pilot.

      You will have stylish and comfortable accommodation on campus for the duration of your course as well as a large, light and airy on-site restaurant.

  • What are my funding options for my EASA ATPL course?

      Our EASA Integrated ATPL is a self-funded course by way of savings, or a loan secured against a property.

      Whilst we are unable to provide you with financial advice, we would suggest potential cadets speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers.

      Discover your airline pilot training funding & finance options