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Airline Academy

Airline Academy overview

Making the decision to become a pilot with L3Harris is a life-changing step towards an exciting and rewarding career. Flying passengers around the globe in an office above the clouds with spectacular views is a job that’s hard to beat! Here at L3Harris we are dedicated to helping our cadets secure their dream role as a Co-Pilot with a commercial airline.

Whether you choose to train for a UKCAA, EASA or FAA pilot license you will be embarking on an exciting and rewarding career travelling the world and forging lifelong friendships with fellow cadets and aircrew alike. 

L3Harris was also recognized in 2022 for developing and implementing professional Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) into its Airline Academy ab initio flight training. This technology allows instructors and students to mitigate risks and improve safety and training efficiency. Watch an overview on this award below!

European airline academy runway

EASA pilot training

The aviation courses we offer at our global airline academies are all slightly different. If you are looking to become an airline pilot in the United Kingdom and Europe this means you will undertake a UKCAA (United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority) or EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) pilot training program.

The journey to becoming a UKCAA or EASA certified airline pilot is both an exciting and challenging one. It takes around 18 months to two years to complete your flight school training.

Entry requirements to become a pilot in the U.K. & Europe

  • A passion for aviation
  • Demonstrate spatial awareness
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Aptitude for number and data analysis
  • An eye for attention to detail
  • Be at least 17 years of age to submit an application
  • Be at least 18 years of age to commence commercial pilot training (programme dependent)
  • Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm)
  • Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C or above, or grade 4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English Language

  • Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent)

  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written)

  • Have the unrestricted right to live and work in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Tier 4 study visa

 

HOW TO BECOME A PILOT IN THE U.K. AND EUROPE

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FAA pilot training

Looking for a flight school in the United States? We offer pilot training in the U.S.A. approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at our Airline Academy in Sanford, Florida.

Becoming a pilot with L3Harris is an investment in your future. We have the facilities and training expertise at our Florida Airline Academy to prepare our cadets for an exciting and rewarding career as a commercial airline pilot. As a world leader in aviation training, L3Harris is dedicated to helping our graduates build flight hours and prepare for a role with one of the US regional airlines.

Entry requirements to become a pilot in the U.S.A.

  • A passion for aviation
  • Demonstrate spatial awareness
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Aptitude for number and data analysis
  • An eye for attention to detail

All applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of their program.

To enroll at L3Harris Airline Academy you must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • 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

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

How to become a pilot in the U.S.A.

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Press releases

L3Harris Receives Prestigious International Aviation Technology Achievement Award

Trade Release | 06. 22. 2022

L3Harris Receives Prestigious International Aviation Technology Achievement Award

L3Harris Technologies received Air Transport World’s (ATW) Aviation Technology Achievement award during its 48th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Award Ceremony today.

L3Harris Receives Prestigious International Aviation Technology Achievement Award

Trade Release | 06. 22. 2022

L3Harris Receives Prestigious International Aviation Technology Achievement Award

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