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Orlando Flight School

Welcome to your Orlando flight school, located in the heart of Central Florida. Whether you are completing our FAA-approved PPP, APT, CPT, College degree, or an Individual course, our campus will become your home away from home.

Our flight school in Florida benefits from excellent flying weather for more than 300 days of the year, giving our cadets more time to fly than anywhere else.

With access to state-of-the-art facilities and training resources, we will make every effort to assist you with your transition into Academy life. Train on our advanced FTDs (flight training devices) before gaining hands-on experience flying our single and multi-engine aircraft fleet. Our fleet consists of over 100 airplanes- one of the largest flight school fleets in Florida.

As a cadet at our Orlando, Florida flight school, you’ll spend time with like-minded people and create international friendships whilst staying at excellent accommodation so you feel comfortable and part of a real community from the moment you start learning to become a pilot at our Orlando flight academy.

The advantages our Florida flight school can deliver

Start your flight training at our leading aviation school in Orlando, Florida. Choose from a range of FAA pilot training programs, attend ground school in our academic buildings and discover the unique opportunities of joining our Orlando flight academy, including:

Year-round excellent flying weather conditions and a beautiful location to live and learn to fly.

  • Access to train on five Flight Training Devices (FTDs).
  • State-of-the-art facilities including high-intensity runway lighting, AWOS weather reporting system, FAA control tower, pre and post-flight briefing areas, and a dispatch center.
  • Five different types of aircraft for in-flight training including single-engine and multi-engine aircraft.
  • Access to one of the largest aircraft fleet in Florida consisting of over 100 single and multi-engine airplanes
  • Affiliations with 11 regional airlines for exclusive career opportunities

All of our pilot training courses also include FAA ground school training and FAA in-flight training at each stage of schooling, from Private Pilot training up to our Flight Instructor courses. 

Choosing the right flight school and the right training course is important for preparing you for your piloting career. No matter your flying experience level or aspirations, L3Harris Flight Academy has a pilot training course to suit. Take our career pathfinder quiz to find the right route for you.

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The location & area of our Florida flight school

Our Orlando flight school campus is located at the Sanford International Airport in the heart of beautiful Central Florida. Our location offers excellent flying weather, providing our pilots with over 300 flyable days per year. We also share our airspace, runways, and Air Traffic Control tower with international commercial jets, giving our pilots a real flavor of life in the air.

As we are a private flight school, air traffic is much lower around our campus than at larger academies or commercial airports, so our pilots have more opportunities to learn up in an airplane.

We are located just minutes away from beautiful beaches, theme parks, and world-famous tourist attractions, all just waiting to be discovered! Find your home away from home at our Florida flight school.

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Orlando Flight School FAA Fleet

Our fleet of aircraft is one of the largest flight school fleets in Florida. It includes five types of aircraft and four types of training devices.

Aircraft fleet

Our Orlando flight school fleet consists of over 100 airplanes, with a combination of five different single and multi-engine options, with steam gauge and all-glass cockpits.

As a cadet at our flight school, you can expect to have the opportunity to fly one of our single-engine aircrafts, including:

  • Cirrus SR20
  • Cessna 172P & 172SP
  • Piper Archer

As well as an aircraft from our multi-engine fleet, including:

  • Piper Seminole
  • Diamond DA42

All of our flight school aircraft are IRF certified and maintained and inspected to the highest safety standards by our dedicated team of FAA-certified airframe and mechanics. To give all our pilots the best and safest flying experiences.

Orlando Flight School Flight Training Devices (FTD)

As a cadet at our flight academy in Sandford, you will also have access to training on our 5 Flight Training Devices (FTDs).

FTDs are full-size replicas of aircraft instruments, panels, and controls that you will see onboard an aircraft. Our FTDs also contain advanced computer software to emulate real-life aircraft flying experiences. FTDs are used to give our cadets an authentic flying experience and confidence that they can take to the skies in our fleet.

We have five FTDs available for use at our Orlando flight academy, including:

  • A Level 6 FAA-approved Cirrus SR20 FTD
  • A Level 4 FAA-approved Piper PA44 FTD
  • A line of AviatorTM Cirrus SR20 Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATD)
  • Two Frasca International Inc. TruFlite AATDs
  • One Piper PA44
  • One Cessna 172SP
  • A Redbird MCX AATD that can be configured as a Cessna 172SP
  • A Piper PA44 round dial with 2 Garmin 430 GPS receivers
  • A PA44 all-glass Garmin G1000
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Orlando ground school training

Ground training

At our Orlando flight school, we intertwine ground school training with in-flight training. Our cadets will go through ground school to learn the theory behind aircraft flight, weather, and other aviation topics to operate an aircraft safely. Once proficient, our cadets will get to apply their skills in the aircraft with in-flight training.

All our cadets will go through ground school training, whether training as a Professional Pilot, Private Pilot, or Instrument Training.

Training at the Florida flight academy will give you access to high-quality training facilities, including our five FTDs, as well as federal financial aid via our PPP course to support you on your journey to becoming a pilot.

Ground school facilities

Ground school training at our Florida flight school takes place within our dedicated ground school Academic Building.

Complete with eight multimedia-equipped classrooms, a Learning Resource Centre (LCR) open every day of the week, a study hall, and a testing center with 10 computerized testing stations and a proctor station. A Certified Flight Instructor is available to all our flight school cadets during normal business hours, and we supply additional resources including books, magazines, and aircraft parts to supplement studies.

At the Orlando Flight School, cadets can train towards FAA pilot training courses including the PPP, APT, CFI training, CPT, college degrees, and individual courses. With opportunities to interview with our 11 regional airline affiliates who visit campus regularly to interview our CFIs.

Why L3Harris Flight Academy?
100% funding available, for those who qualify
100% funding available, for those who qualify

We work with 11 airlines (with pathways to United, American and Delta)
We work with 11 airlines (with pathways to United, American and Delta)

96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with airlines
96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with airlines

Guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation
Guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation

    Florida Flight School FAQs

  • What is the cost of flight school?

      The cost of flight school training is a common concern for prospective students. As the L3Harris Orlando flight school is accredited in the same way as a college in the United States, we are able to offer federal financial aid to our students if they choose to complete our PPP course. Up to 100% of course fees can be covered under the Federal Financial Aid for US citizens applying to our PPP courses. Prospective pilots looking to study our APT or any other courses may be able to qualify for state or private loans or scholarships. For more information, please visit our guide to Pilot Training Costs.

      Federal Financial Aid

      State or private loans


      Pilot Training Costs

  • What should I consider when looking for a flight school?

      Each flight school has something different to offer prospective pilots. Some of the key things to consider when researching aviation schools include;

      1. Course structure: Whether you are looking for integrated training, such as offered by our PPP, APT, and CPT courses, or whether you are interested in modular training, like our individual courses.

      2. Funding: Funding availability and financial support can also play a large role. If you are concerned about the costs of pilot training, look to flight schools that are accredited in the same way as a College, like we are at L3 Harris. This will give you access to Federal Financial Aid for certain courses. Additionally, consider aviation scholarships to finance your training.

      3. Location: Where your flight school is located can matter. Our flight academy in Sanford, Florida, offers wonderful flying weather for over 300 days of the year. So our cadets can spend more time up in the aircraft.

      4. Career opportunities: Some flight schools will offer direct routes into employment or will have strong connections with regional airlines, giving cadets excellent employment opportunities. L3 Harris has affiliations with 11 different regional airlines that visit campus regularly to interview for Co-Pilot positions. Additionally, our PPP course graduates also earn a Flight Instructor Certificate through their courses, giving them a guaranteed job interview for a Flight Instructor position with us.

  • What training programs do you offer at your flight school?
      • Professional Pilot Program (PPP) - from which graduates will earn a Flight Instructor Certificate, guaranteeing a job interview to become a Flight Instructor with L3Harris and can receive 100% Federal Financial Aid.
      • Airline Transport Pilot certification (ATP) - providing graduates with a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, and a Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Certificate. However, cannot apply for Federal Financial Aid.
      • Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) - fast track into becoming a commercial pilot.
      • Individual courses - available as full-time or part-time training
      • College degrees - including Associate’s Degrees with the Seminole State College of Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree at Jacksonville University in Aviation Management and Flight Operations.

      For more information about courses at our Florida flight school, please visit our FAA Pilot Training Courses page:

      FAA Pilot Training Courses