Become a Commercial Pilot with L3Harris Flight Academy.

Commercial Pilot Track

Our Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) program is an accelerated flight training course for individuals aspiring to become a commercial pilot, but may not be interested in becoming a Flight Instructor.

Through our accelerated Commercial Pilot Training course cadets will train for and gain their Private Pilot Certificate (3 months), Instrument Rating (3 months), and Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate (3 months) simultaneously. So, our cadets are ready to pursue their commercial aviation career in just 10 months, with no previous flying experience required.

Our accelerated commercial pilot training takes place at our sunny central Florida flight school, where cadets can benefit from over 300 days of excellent flying weather each year & learn from professional flight instructors on 5 different FTDs and a fleet of over 80 single-and-multi-engine aircraft.

If you’re looking for earning potential to match your desire for adventure - a career as a pilot is for you. Whilst CPT cadets are not eligible for Federal Student Aid, you can help fund your pilot training by applying for a range of aviation scholarships, loans, and other forms of financial support.

L3Harris is waiting for you. Do you have what it takes to be the next cohort of world-class pilots?

Accelerated Commercial Pilot training course summary


  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 10 months, subject to scheduling
  • Tuition estimate: $66,995
  • Type: FAA pilot certificates and ratings
  • Required experience: None
  • Location: Sanford, Florida

Graduation qualifications

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate
Accelerated Commercial Pilot training admissions requirements

To start your journey towards a career in commercial aviation with our accelerated commercial pilot training, CPT program, cadets will need to meet the following admission requirements.


All accelerated commercial pilot training program applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of the program.

Education and English language

Accelerated commercial pilot training requires that applicants meet at least one of the following 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

All applicants must provide a photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate.

Criminal record check

Applicants must produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before accelerated commercial pilot training can commence.


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) must have:

  • 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 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. As your Admissions Officer for a list of translation and/or evaluation companies.


Cadets must complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score requirement.

Accelerated Commercial Pilot training program course costs

Undertaking pilot training can be a significant financial investment, and some cadets may feel that an accelerated commercial pilot training program simply isn’t financially accessible to them.

We are dedicated to making our aviation courses accessible to as many aspiring pilots as possible by offering a variety of aviation scholarships, flight school loans, grants, and guidance on private funding.

Commercial Pilot Track course cost:

  • Tuition (estimated): $66,995
  • Application fee: $150

Estimated additional costs

  • Books, supplies, and mandatory electronic training materials: $5,000
  • Transportation, room and board: $22,350
  • TSA AFSP application (for non-United States citizens): $390 ($130 each for three courses)
  • TSA fingerprinting (non-United States citizens): $99 (one time)
  • ID Badge (mandatory): $50 annual

How to fund your pilot training

What are my career prospects?

The L3Harris accelerated commercial pilot training program is the best training route to prepare students for life as a commercial pilot, whether for a commuter or an on-demand operator. Our CPT program takes cadets to commercial aviation-ready pilots in just 10 months.

Our CPT cadets will also benefit from our connections with 11 different regional airlines across the United States. Representatives from these airlines regularly visit our Flight School to give cadets the opportunity to seek career advice and interview our CFIs for First Officer positions with some of the most well-known airlines in the country.

Your career prospects

    Commercial Pilot Track FAQs

  • How can I fund my accelerated commercial pilot training?

      Training to become a commercial pilot can be a large investment, but one we believe is worth it for the quality of training and career prospects you will have access to. We offer a range of flight school loans and grants, as well as aviation scholarships which can cover up to $35,000 of your tuition fees as well as other forms of financial aid.

      Our Financial Aid Team can also provide advice on applying for private loans and help you to determine the best funding options for your accelerated commercial pilot training.

  • Am I eligible for Federal Financial Aid?

      While our Orlando Flight School is accredited in the same way as a US university, only our Professional Pilot Program (PPP) cadets can apply for Federal Financial Aid.

      To find the best funding option to support you through your CPT program, speak to our Financial Aid Team.

  • What aircraft will I train on?

      CPT cadets will also have access to one of the largest flight school aircraft fleets in the state. Comprising both single and multi-engine aircraft with all-glass cockpits, all our aircraft are IRF certified and are regularly inspected by our team of FAA Certified mechanics to ensure we always uphold the highest safety standards.

      Our cadets can expect to fly on:

      Single-engine aircraft:

      1. Cessna 172 Skyhawks
      2. Cirrus SR20s
      3. Piper PA28 Archers

      Multi-engine aircraft:

      1. Piper PA44 Seminoles
      2. Diamond DA42s
  • Where will I train to complete my commercial pilot training?

      The L3Harris accelerated commercial pilot training program takes place at our Sanford campus in sunny Orlando, Florida.

  • How long does it take to complete an accelerated commercial pilot training program?

      Our accelerated CPT can be completed in a little as 10 months, with no previous flying experience required.

  • What is next after completing the CPT program?

      For most of our cadets, the next step after completing the CPT is to go on to become a commercial airline pilot, Co-Pilot or First Officer. To apply for First Officer or Co-Pilot positions after graduating from the CPT, cadets will need to gain 1,500 flying hours to be eligible.

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

      The PPP, CPT and APT courses offer graduates different qualifications and slightly different routes into aviation careers. The right program for you will depend on what you would like to pursue after graduation.

      Our PPP course sees cadets graduate with a Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Single and Multi-Engine Certificates and add-on ratings, as well as a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Cadets can also apply for Federal Financial Aid to support the cost of their training when completing the PPP.

      Our APT course offers similar certifications to our PPP course, but are better suited to cadets who are not sure what type of aviation career they wish to pursue. The APT puts graduates in a great position to pursue any number of aviation careers. APT cadets are not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid.

      The CPT course gives graduates similar qualifications as a PPP, except that you will not receive a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. CPT cadets are also not available for Federal Financial Aid. CPT courses are ideal for cadets looking to become Commercial Pilots but are not interested in working as a flight instructor.

      PPP Course

      APT Course

  • What are the facilities like at L3Harris Flight Academy?

      To give all our cadets the best possible training for their aviation career, our flight school is equipped with world-class training facilities and equipment.

      Located in the heart of Florida, our Orlando Flight School is optimally positioned to give our cadets over 300 days of excellent flying weather a year.

      Our cadets will receive training across our eight multi-media equipped classrooms, and our briefing rooms for one-to-one ground school training. A Learning Resource Center (LRC) and study halls are also available to students equipped with video training computers, textbooks and other learning materials.

      CPT examinations will take place in our dedicated Knowledge Testing Centre which includes 10 computer testing stations and a proctor station.

      To prepare students for everyday life as a commercial airline pilot, our campus also contains an Operations Center, complete with a dispatch center, pre-flight planning areas, post-flight debrief areas and a weather service computer.

      Our cadets will also be sharing airspace, runways and an Air Traffic Control Tower with international commercial airlines.

      Most importantly, cadets will train on our advanced FTDs (flight training devices) ahead of gaining hands-on experience flying our fleet of over 100 single and multi-engine aircraft fleet.