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Once enrolled upon the BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training you'll complete your PPL with Buckingham (Bucks) New University (BNU) alongside your first-year studies and then have the opportunity to complete your flight training modules alongside your degree with L3 Airline Academy.


Completing your flight training with us to the required standard will also provide you with the opportunity to enrol upon our ATP program as an internal applicant and qualify for airline pilot employment opportunities through our dedicated graduate placement service.

Year One – BNU

Alongside your first year of university study, you'll also complete Private Pilot License (PPL) theory training and PPL flight training and be issued with a UK/EASA PPL license.


During this time you will be given the opportunity to select L3 Airline Academy to deliver your Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) flight training modules.


Choosing to complete your flight training with L3 Airline Academy will also provide you with an unrivaled opportunity to enrol as an internal applicant on our ATP program and qualify for airline pilot employment through our dedicated graduate placement service.

Year Two – L3 CTS

From day one at L3 Airline Academy, you will find yourself absorbed in a professional training environment where you will be coached to achieve the very highest standards.


The first step towards an airline pilot career is TATPL Theoretical Knowledge training or 'ground school'.


You'll spend 26 weeks learning at our dedicated theoretical knowledge facilities at our Crew Training Center in Southampton, UK or Coventry, UK.


  • 800 hours tutor-led & computer-based training (CBT)
  • Tablet multi-media delivery
  • 14 ATPL subjects
  • 3 exam modules

You must have obtained your PPL to begin your Theoretical Knowledge training.


Once you've completed all ATPL Theoretical Knowledge examinations, you'll need to start building your flight hours. We offer an eight-week flight hours-building package in either Cyprus or our Crew Training Center, Orlando, United States.


Building these hours will allow you to progress towards achieving your commercial license.

Year Three – BNU

You'll return to BNU and continue learning on campus for your third and final year of university study. For full details of your third-year syllabus, visit the BNU site.

Year Four – L3 CTS

You'll continue working towards your commercial pilot license with L3 Airline Academy professional flight training over 18 weeks at our Crew Training Center – Bournemouth, UK at the heart of an international airport, where you'll navigate among international commercial airline traffic.


Completion of this phase of training will provide you with:


  • Commercial Pilot License/MEP
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • 40.6 hours DA-42 aircraft
  • 41.5 hours DA-42 simulator
  • 7 hours MEP ground school


You can also add an optional module of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), consisting of three hours of instructor-led flight training in an aerobatic aircraft.


Successful completion of training to this stage will provide you with:


  • Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge


With these qualifications, you may secure employment as a professional pilot on smaller aircraft that only require a single pilot. For those who wish to qualify for airline pilot employment, you may now be considered to continue your training by enrolling upon our ATP program and progress towards airline pilot employment opportunities.

Further Training & Airline Employment

You may then apply for your overall training performance to be reviewed by our Training Review Board (TRB).


If you have completed your flight training modules to the required standard, you will be invited to attend selection for our ATP program, which involves completing our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) to airline placement standard.


If your performance during the AQC is to the required standard, you will then be eligible for graduate placement with an Airline Partner.


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