Please note this programme is currently closed.

Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme

Icelandair is working with L3Harris Airline Academy to train and develop aspiring pilots to join the airline as First Officers.

This programme is currently closed but there are opportunities to fly for leading global airlines via our Integrated ATPL programme.

Apply now for our Integrated ATPL programme
Apply now for our Integrated ATPL programme

This exciting Cadet Pilot Programme is an opportunity to work for one of Iceland’s largest private employers with a long and distinguished history.

As a leading airline offering flights to 44 destinations to and from Iceland, Icelandair provides safe, reliable flights and exceptional service. The attractive option for cross-Atlantic flights makes Icelandair a particularly desirable airline to work for.

If you want interesting and challenging work in a good working environment where safety, reliability and quality practices are the guiding values then this could be the opportunity you are looking for.

Key Features

  • Cadet Pilot programme from L3Harris Airline Academy in conjunction with Icelandair
  • All training costs can be underwritten by Icelandair for successful candidates
  • Type rating paid for by Icelandair
  • Letter of intent (LOI) from Icelandair to employ prior to commencement of training
  • Priority for available FO positions at Icelandair upon successful completion of training
  • Training on the latest-generation aircraft and simulators
  • Training in a globally recognised, professional airline training environment
Application & selection

Entry Criteria

To apply for this airline cadet pilot programme, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 - 30 years of age to commence training
  • Be fluent  in Icelandic (verbal and written)
  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written)*
  • Produce a criminal record check (CRC) / Police Clearance Certificate before training can commence
  • Be available to start working in 2020

For full details of funding please refer to the cost and funding section below.

*For non-native English speakers, you will be required to present a certificate prior to training commencement demonstrating you have achieved TOFEL or an equivalent of at a score of 71 or higher. This must be the Academic test, not General Training.


  • Your application will be screened by a member of our selection team
  • You will be contacted by email by a member of our selection team to inform you whether your application has been successful
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend a selection day in Iceland. An assessment fee of £255 will be payable for this phase of selection

Apply Now

  • Click on the 'apply now' button
  • Complete the online application form and click 'submit'
  • You will receive an auto-response to acknowledge receipt of your application

Route plan

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

  • Approximately 26 weeks
  • Foundation flight training; Single-engine piston aircraft

  • Approximately 24 weeks
  • Commercial and Instrument flight training;

    Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

    Single- and multi-engine aircraft and simulator

  • Approximately 18 weeks
  • Multi-pilot flight training

    Our world-renowned Airline Qualification Course (AQC) incorporating Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) certificate, advanced handling skills and an Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course

  • Approximately 3 weeks
  • Advanced Training begins once you have secured your employment with Icelandair.

    Aircraft type-specific training:

    Simulator and aircraft training with the Airline

  • Approximately 8 weeks
  • Upon joining Icelandair, you will continue with further 'Line' training (carrying passengers), which will conclude with a 'final line-check' by your airline training Captain.

    Line Orientated Experience (LOE) and Line Check with Icelandair. You will also complete Safety, Emergency and Procedures training

Cost and funding

The pilot funding required for the Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme comprises of the following:

  • The total funding required for training with the Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme is £96,800 payable over 12 instalments.
  • £255 Selection fee

Icelandair are offering to underwrite the total costs of the Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme for the cadets who successfully enroll on this programme. Further to this, Icelandair will also pay for the total cost of type rating for cadets who successfully complete the Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme.

What's included?

  • All training, equipment, uniform and airfield fees
  • Self-catered accommodation during training phase with L3Harris
  • Air travel between L3Harris airline academies
  • License issue
Other factors
When budgeting for your training, please consider the following additional costs:
  • L3Harris selection fee
  • Initial Class 1 Medical and renewal fees
  • Loss of medical, life and personal property insurances
  • Travel insurances
  • English language testing (where applicable)
  • Food and living expenses
  • Local personal daily transport to and from airline academies worldwide
  • Tablet required for training
  • Flight costs to the UK at start of course

This programme is currently closed but there are opportunities to fly for leading global airlines via our Integrated ATPL programme.

Apply now for our Integrated ATPL programme
Apply now for our Integrated ATPL programme