Airline Pilot Track (APT) – become a qualified pilot in as little as 12 months!

Airline Pilot Track (APT)

Airline Pilot Program & Flight Instructor Course

Our airline pilot program - Airline Pilot Track (APT) - has been created for anyone whose goal is to pursue a career in aviation, taking students with little or no flying experience, and training them to become qualified commercial pilots or a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in as little as 12 months.

This airline pilot program - APT - is regarded as our quickest route to a job as a First Officer - often with one of 11 regional airlines we work with.

The APT program combines commercial pilot training and flight instructor training to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and understanding to advance your career.

The Flight Instructor Certificate with Instrument Rating (CFI-I) means on graduation you will be guaranteed an interview to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) with L3Harris in Sanford, enabling you to earn money while building 1,500 flight hours the FAA requires before finding a First Officer role with a regional airline.

Please note, the APT is eligible for grants and state loans to assist with funding, but not Federal Student Aid or the F1 Student Visa (unlike our flagship commercial pilot training course - Professional Pilot Program).

Airline pilot training & flight instructor course details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration of Airline Pilot Program: Approximately 12 months, subject to scheduling
  • Type: FAA pilot and instructor certificates and ratings
  • Required experience for the Airline Pilot Program: Little or none
  • Employment: Flight Instructor interview on graduation
  • Location of Airline Pilot Program: Sanford, Florida
Certificates and ratings
  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating
Airline Pilot Track training admissions requirements

No prior flight experience is needed to apply but applicants must meet the following admissions requirements to enroll on our APT - Airline Pilot Track & Certified Flight Instructor Rating at L3Harris Flight Academy.


All applicants looking to take part in commercial pilot training and flight instructor training must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of their Certified Flight Instructor course.

Education and English language

If you’re looking to enroll in our Airline Pilot Program - APT - you must meet at least one of these criteria, or equivalent:

  • Have a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed 24 college credit hours from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Hold a Private Pilot’s Certificate with verification of high school diploma or GED

You will need to provide a photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate.

Criminal record check

You will need to produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before airline pilot and flight instructor training can commence.


The following documents are needed to begin the APT:

  • United States Citizens (including individuals from D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Island, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island):
  • Valid U.S. passport or passport card
  • And Certificate of Birth Abroad (if applicable)
  • And Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)

OR – Any two of the following:

  • State issued Birth Certificate
  • Unexpired government-issued photo ID
  • S. Military ID Card
  • Native American Tribal Card

Permanent residents:

  • Valid international passport
  • And unexpired Permanent Resident Card

A course-by-course transcript evaluation is required for any APT applicant who attended high school outside of the United States. If the applicant's transcript is printed in any language other than English, please submit a copy of the original document as well as a translated copy. Ask your Admissions Officer for a list of translation and/or evaluation companies.


To be selected for the Airline Pilot Track - APT - you must complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score requirement.

Cost of this Airline Pilot Track program with Certified FI Rating

Airline pilot training program cost:

  • Airline Pilot Track tuition fees (estimated): $83,995
  • Airline Pilot Track application fee: $150

Estimated additional costs for the airline pilot training program and flight instructor course:

  • Books, supplies, and mandatory electronic flight instructor training materials: $5,000
  • Transportation, room, and board during the airport pilot program: $22,350
  • TSA AFSP application (non-United States citizens): $260 ($130 each for two courses)
  • TSA fingerprinting (non-United States citizens): $99 (one time)
  • ID Badge (mandatory): $50 annual

Please note:

Pricing for the Airport Pilot Track is current. All prices are estimated and based on the Training Course Outline (TCO) hours it takes a cadet to go through the various Certified Flight Instructor courses. All prices are subject to change.

Each cadet's experience may vary, and hours or flight instructor training costs may be different than what is quoted here. Prices include fuel and flight tests (unless a student pilot fails the exam, then additional flight test charges will apply).

The airline pilot program - APT - prices do not include fuel surcharge, over-flight charges from TCO, admission fees, books, supplies, TSA processing, visa application fees, and extensions.

What are my career prospects?

The L3Harris Airport Pilot Track is the quickest route to becoming a First Officer with a Regional Airline - often with one of the 11 affiliate airlines we work with (with pathways to United, American, and Delta). In fact, after taking our commercial pilot training program, 96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours after obtaining their Certified Flight Instructor Rating, go on to be placed with airlines.

Our dedicated admissions and student services professionals are on campus to help guide you through your airline pilot program - APT -from start to finish and our Certified Flight Instructor training also ends with a guaranteed flight instructor interview upon graduation - so you have the best chance of making it in your aviation profession.

Do you already have flying experience?

Students with prior flying experience may be eligible for credit toward training and ratings. Students requesting a review of any flight time, ground school, or exams for the possibility of transfer must notify their Admissions representative during the enrollment process.

Applying for transfer credit

All requests for transfer credit must be submitted for review no later than two weeks before the course start date; no exceptions made. Credit that may be assigned is governed by Federal Aviation Regulations 141.77(b). L3Harris Flight Academy will accept transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.

Flight Instructor employment

Upon successful completion of the Airline Pilot Track flight instructor training, L3Harris Flight Academy will guarantee students an interview to be potentially employed as a Certified Flight Instructor. This will allow you to build your flight hours and Certified Flight Instructor training.

Hiring process for the Airline Pilot Track

Hiring is based on multiple factors, including the candidate's past flight instructor training performance, communication, and teaching skills, as well as successful completion of L3Harris Flight Academy's Certified Flight Instructor Standardization Course.

    Airline Pilot Track FAQs

  • Where will I complete my pilot training?

      Our Airline Pilot Track course is taught at our flight school in Orlando, Florida. Our commercial pilot training programs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR Part 141 and 14 CFR 61, giving you peace of mind that our programs are certified as upholding the highest safety and efficiency standards.

      We have state-of-the-art technology and facilities to make your flight instructor course and airline pilot training program even more successful!

      Our academic building, knowledge testing center, and Simulation and Aircraft Maintenance Building provide the most effective and efficient environment to complete your commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor training. Cadets have access to a fleet of approx. 80 aircraft, five Flight Training Devices (FTDs), and 8 flight simulators - enabling you to gain all of the essential theory and practical skills needed to take to the skies.

      Other facilities include our high-tech operations center, dispatch center, high-intensity runway lighting, AWOS weather reporting system, FAA control tower, and pre- and post-flight briefing areas.

  • What aircraft will I learn on?

      During your Airline Pilot Track, you will get the chance to fly several different aircraft. Our aircraft fleet is one of the largest in Florida, consisting of approx. 100 single and multi-engine airplanes, including:

      • Cessna 172 Skyhawks - a reliable, dependable, easy-to-fly aircraft that is appreciated by both pilots and students completing their flight instructor training
      • Cirrus SR20s - a six-cylinder engine perfect for an airline pilot program that maximizes all available horsepower, reaching cruising speeds of 155 knots
      • Piper Archer PA28 - this model’s unremarkable handling characteristics make it the perfect aircraft for a flight instructor course
      • Piper Seminole PA44 - this exemplary instrument flying platform makes landings uncomplicated, meaning that this is an excellent aircraft for Certified Flight Instructor training
      • Diamond DA42s - with impressive cross-country performance, this aircraft is easy to fly and burns fuel like a single
  • How can I fund my airline pilot & flight instructor training?

      You can fund your airline pilot program - APT - through our flight training scholarships and pilot school loans. There’s also the option for transfer credit for those who already have experience with flying.

      Whilst pilot training is a large investment, it is an investment in your future, towards securing one of the best jobs in the world!



  • Am I eligible for Federal Financial Aid?

      Unlike our Professional Pilot Program, cadets will not be able to apply for Federal Financial Aid which could cover up to 100% of your pilot training costs. For more information, get in touch with our financial aid team.

  • How do I get my Certified Flight Instructor rating?

      You can get your Certified Flight Instructor rating by completing our Airline Pilot Track program.

  • Where will I train to complete my Certified Flight Instructor training?

      You can get your Certified Flight Instructor rating at the L3Harris US campus in Orlando, Florida.

  • How long does it take to get an airline pilot’s license?

      It takes approximately 12 months to complete your airline pilot program - APT (subject to scheduling).

  • How long does it take to become a flight instructor?

      It takes approximately 12 months to obtain your Certified Flight Instructor rating (subject to scheduling).

  • What’s the difference between PPP, CPT & APT?

      PPP is our Professional Pilot Program - this course is designed for students whose goal is to work for an airline.

      APT stands for Airline Pilot Track - this course is designed for students whose goal is to pursue a career in aviation (as a flight instructor, commercial pilot, or elsewhere in the aviation industry).

      CPT stands for Commercial Pilot Track - this course is designed for those individuals who want to become commercial pilots but may not be interested in becoming Flight Instructors.

  • What is next after completing the ATP program?

      After completing your flight instructor training or commercial pilot training program, you are guaranteed an interview with L3Harris to become a Certified Flight Instructor, where you can help others to learn to fly and gain flying hours to become a professional commercial pilot. The choice is yours!

Why L3Harris?
We work with 11 Regional Airlines who regularly visit campus
We work with 11 Regional Airlines who regularly visit campus

State-of-the-art training facilities
State-of-the-art training facilities

We have achieved the FAA Diamond Award for safety 17 years in a row
We have achieved the FAA Diamond Award for safety 17 years in a row

Guaranteed interview to become a Flight Instructor on graduation
Guaranteed interview to become a Flight Instructor on graduation