L3Harris’s Florida, US Flight Academy Earns UK Regulatory Flight Training Approval

14th Jul 2022

L3Harris Technologies has received approval from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to teach Integrated Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) courses to U.K. cadets at its Sanford Flying Training Academy near Orlando, Florida. An equivalent approval with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other global regulators is expected in coming weeks as initial oversight activity concludes.

The approval positions L3Harris to expand training when pilot shortages continue to plague airlines across the globe.

The accreditation enables cadets training for ATPL licenses to complete a basic 32 week flight training course at the Florida-based academy. The program incorporates single-engine aircraft flights, skills tests and a first solo flight, as well as navigation and night flying, before returning to the U.K. to complete advanced multi-engine flight training. The course is also designed to take a cadet from little or no flying experience to a fully qualified airline pilot in approximately 72 weeks.

“Integrated ATPL cadets can now complete basic flight training at our U.S. Academy, getting maximum use out of our fair weather Flight Academy in Orlando, Florida, which is in alignment with commercial airline and cadet customer feedback,” said Dave Coward, General Manager and Vice President for L3Harris Training Services. “With roughly 300 flying days a year – and our ideal location – this approval sets us up to expand training to maximize our international Academy footprint and more efficiently use our world-class facilities and training aircraft.”

The Airline Academy offers pilot training programs by experienced instructors and best-in-class facilities across its training centers, including a modern fleet of single and multi-engine aircraft and the latest flight simulators.

About L3Harris Commercial Aviation Solutions
L3Harris Commercial Aviation Solutions (CAS) is a world leader in providing intelligent training solutions for pilots and trainers across a wide range of commercial platforms. The business provides a full spectrum of training solutions from its state-of-the-art training centers, including cadet pilot training, airline training, aircrew resourcing and high-fidelity simulation products. L3Harris CAS is headquartered at the London Training Centre in Crawley, U.K., and delivers training, resourcing, and systems production from global centers in the U.K., U.S and Thailand.

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea, and cyber domains. L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Source: L3Harris Announcement

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