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

EASA Integrated ATPL

Enrol now for our September 2021 class and qualify for:

  • FREE accommodation during Ground School training

L3Harris is pleased to offer EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training from its European Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor, Portugal. We take aspiring airline pilots with little or no experience and train them to become successful commercial pilots. An EASA ATPL allows you to fly for airlines registered in the European Union such as TAP Air Portugal, Ryanair and easyJet.

To show our commitment to helping aspiring aviators become pilots during the current climate, we’ve launched two initiatives for anyone enroling in our September 2021 class.

  • FREE accommodation during Ground School - That’s 9 months accommodation on campus - with a value of €3,000 - for no extra cost. This offer is based on shared accommodation (two persons) for the duration of Ground School in Ponte De Sor. If you would prefer your own room you can upgrade to single occupancy accommodation for an additional €3,000 – usually over €6,000!

  • L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise - On successful completion of ATPL training you qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise. L3Harris will keep your license valid  by revalidating your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR) and Single-Engine Piston (SEP) rating FREE of charge for up to 2 years after you graduate – or until you find employment with an airline (whichever comes first). This has a value of up to €2,700 and means you have one less thing to worry about until you find your first pilot job.

If you would like more information, but would prefer to speak with someone then call our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team on +44 (0)1293 491381 or fill out our enquiry form via the link below.

Our accommodation:
Bedroom
Bedroom

Restaurant and bar
Restaurant and bar

Relaxation area
Relaxation area

Sport and leisure
Sport and leisure

Portugal Integrated ATPL details:
  • 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!
Successful graduation will provide you with:

Commercial Pilot License (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 license renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline
What is included in the cost?
  • Course cost: €78,000
  • Shared accommodation for the 9 months of Ground School training
  • All training and equipment
  • Uniform (excludes flight bag)
  • Airfield fees
  • License 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 license renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline
Additional fees:
  • 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 July 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)

For more information on costs, please read our guide to Commercial Pilot License Costs.

Pilot Ready Promise

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

It’s a regulatory requirement to renew your license qualifications every 12 or 24 months. This is to keep your license current and up-to-date, which is particularly important until you find employment with an airline.

If you enrol in our September 2021 class, on successful completion of your ATPL training you will qualify for the L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise. That means you can come back to the European Academy in Ponte de Sor and revalidate your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR) and Single-Engine Piston (SEP) license FREE of charge for up to 2 years after you graduate – or until you find employment with an airline (whichever comes first).

You will need to renew your ME IR every 12 months and your SEP every 24 months. So, on successful completion of your ATPL training you qualify for 2 x MEIR revalidations worth €1,200 each and 1 x SEP worth €300 – a total saving of €2,700. It’s our way of helping you keep your license renewed, up-to-date and pilot ready until you secure a First Officer job.

Portugal ATPL Course Footprint

  • DURATION

    DURATION

    89

    Weeks
  • BASIC TRAINING (GROUND SCHOOL)

    BASIC TRAINING (GROUND SCHOOL)

    37

    Weeks
  • FLIGHT TRAINING

    FLIGHT TRAINING

    52

    Weeks
  • PHASE
  • MODULE
  • TIME
  • LOCATION
  • BASIC TRAINING (GROUND SCHOOL)
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

  • 37 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Ponte de Sor, Portugal
  • FLIGHT TRAINING
    • FOUNDATION FLYING

    Single-engine piston aircraft.

    Basic instrument flying.

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

    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
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
Shared bedroom

Canteen
Canteen

Football pitch
Football pitch

Leisure and relaxation
Leisure and relaxation

Our aircraft fleet includes:
Piper PA28
Piper PA28

Diamond DA42
Diamond DA42

Entry criteria

To be accepted onto our ATPL course you must meet the following entry criteria:

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

Medical

Be able to obtain:

EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for EASA license

Visas

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 Integrated ATPL course
Overview
Overview

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.

Why Choose L3Harris Airline Academy?
  • 40+ years pilot training experience
  • 6 global Academy locations
  • Modern training aircraft with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 instrumentation
  • FREE accommodation throughout Ground School if you enrol in the September 2021 class
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise - FREE license renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline

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