Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located and how can I get in touch?
How do I become a pilot at L3 Airline Academy?
At L3 Airline Academy, we offer a Professional Pilot Program that is designed to fully prepare you for an airline [pilot career. Once you complete the Professional Pilot Program by obtaining your Private Pilot Certificate (Part 141), Instrument Rating (Part 141), Commercial Pilot Multi-engine (Part 141), Commercial Pilot Single-engine Add-on (Part 61), Certified Flight Instructor (Part 141) you will have the opportunity to interview for a Certified Flight Instructor position working at L3 Airline Academy.
We also have agreements with top regional airlines, Envoy, Compass, ExpressJet, GoJet, PSA, SkyWest, Silver Airways, Air Wisconsin, Piedmont, Republic Airways, CommutAir, Empire and TransStates Airlines.
Some of our agreements allow for a guaranteed interview for employment in order to build hours on campus at L3 Airline Academy while being employed by the airline. Pilot Placement Assistance is available to all pilots who complete the Professional Pilot Program – ensuring success at the next level. It is important to know that completion time for this program is critical. The Professional Pilot Program is designed to be a 15-month program. Airlines look for quality pilots that have airline-based training. We were born from the airlines, train the way they do, and produce flight-line ready pilots via our Airline Pathway Programs.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Flight training is a skill and varies from student to student. There are outside factors such as weather and Air Traffic Control that cannot be controlled. Completion time also varies by program. The Professional Pilot Program is designed to be completed in 15 months.
Where will I live?
We have a number of different apartment communities in the area that offer 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms options that can be shared with other L3 Airline Academy students.
If I am living off campus, how will I get to school if I do not have a vehicle?
We offer transportation to and from school each day as well as to and from the store local grocery stores, and local banks weekly from select apartment complexes.
*Monthly L3 Airline Academy bus passes can be purchased for $45 per month.
What is the difference between Part 141 and Part 61 Training?
Types of Flight Schools – Part 61 and Part 141
Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations outlines the laws and requirements for aviation in the United States. General aviation pilot training falls under two parts – Part 61 and Part 141. The main difference is the requirement for minimum flight hours to obtain Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Certificates. Under Part 61 flight rules, the minimum hours required before a student can take their Private and Commercial “checkride” or examination to receive their license is 40 and 250 flight hours respectively. Under Part 141 flight rules, the student is eligible to take their Private Pilot “checkride” at 35 flight hours and their Commercial Pilot “checkride” in as low as 125 flight hours (Note: how long it takes individual students depends on the frequency of flights, dedication, and ability to learn). Beyond Part 61 and Part 141, there are a group of flight schools that may further reduce hours under Part 141 flight rules by training to proficiency. This means the student is essentially eligible to take their “checkride” once meeting a set standard in all flight procedures, maneuvers and aviation knowledge. Part 141 programs do not compromise safety; they continually evaluate the student ensuring competency and proficiency throughout the training program.
Some Part 141 schools have examining authority. This means that the school may conduct the “checkride” for certificates or ratings that they are authorized by the FAA. At L3 Airline Academy, we have examining authority for the Private Certificate, Instrument Rating and CFI Initial Rating, which enables students to use our qualified examiners rather than an FAA examiner. This is beneficial since it can be less costly and easier to schedule your “checkrides”. Ask the flight school if they have examining authority or if they have Designated Examiners from the FAA come in to conduct the “checkride”.
Flight hours make up the biggest portion of the cost of training to becoming a Commercial Pilot. As a student you need to consider the national average to receive a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) falls somewhere between 60-75 hours. Many Part 61 schools will quote you a cost for the minimum hours to receive a certificate. If you fly over the minimum hours required by the FAA, you will pay extra for your training. Make sure you read the fine print!
Another factor that differentiates a Part 61 flight school from a Part 141 school is accountability. Part 141 schools are systematically audited by the FAA and are required to have detailed Training Course Outlines (TCO’s) and meet specific student pass rates. Flight schools operating under Part 61 do not have the same accountability requirements by the FAA. These Part 61 schools do offer flexibility in training to move around lesson objectives.
An additional consideration when choosing the right academy or flight school for you is whether or not the school is a nationally accredited training institution. Accredited training institutions are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and must meet standards of accountability in every area of operation. Accredited programs offer the advantage of transferring student ground and flight training credits towards a college degree.
For further assistance in choosing which of these paths is right for you, please contact an admissions officer at 1-800-U-CAN-FLY.
How do I know which program is right for me?
L3 Airline Academy offers a wide range of courses and programs for both our full and part-time students. Learn more about the different pilot training options – you can contact an admissions officer at 1-800-U-CAN-FLY.
What are the requirements for admission at L3 Airline Academy?
The minimum requirements vary for US and International students.
Can I receive financial aid for my flight training?
Yes, L3 Airline Academy offers many different options for flight training funding including federally sponsored loans and private bank loans to those who qualify. We also have special financing options for New Jersey residents. To inquire about all options available to you, contact the financial aid department at 1- 800-U-CAN-FLY.
*Currently, all financial aid options are only available for U.S. legal residents and eligible non-citizens (green card holders).
How much is tuition?
The cost and duration of each program varies. The accredited Professional Pilot Program is estimated at $74,995 with 232 Academic hours and 242 Equipment hours when completed. This price is based on the Training Course Outline (TCO) hours it takes a cadet to go through the program. Each cadet’s experience may vary and hours or costs may be different. For more information regarding what is covered under tuition, please contact an admissions officer at 1-800-U-CAN-FLY.
It is important to understand these flight training costs, what you get for the price, and why we may or may not be higher.
- We are regulated by the ACCSC and disclose all flight training costs up front based on averages.
- We utilize technologically advanced flight training devices and aircraft during training. Also, our highly standardized, airline-based flight training curriculum oriented towards safe operating procedures is a key ingredient to success. For the 11th year, L3 Airline Academy has earned the FAA’s prestigious Diamond of Excellence Award, which is presented annually to those organizations who participate in the FAA Aviation Technician Program for continuous improvement.
- There are many flight schools out there that meet the minimum standards, provide sufficient flight training at a low cost, and deliver the necessary certificates. We believe in going beyond the minimum standards and providing excellence in flight training and it shows in the quality of candidates we deliver to our airline partners. Our cadets understand the L3 Difference on day one of flight training and so do our airline partners – based on our various partnership agreements with top regional airlines.
When you are preparing for a job with the airlines, training the way they train is critical. Wash out rates can be high for incoming pilots at various airlines and it’s important to set yourself up for success. L3 Airline Academy is a flight school that is dedicated to preparing you for a successful career at the airline and making sure you are ready for the flight-line on day one of pilot training.
What Class Medical FAA Certificate do I need for flight training at L3 Airline Academy?
FAA 1st, 2nd or 3rd Class Medical Certificates are valid for training at L3 Airline Academy, but the appropriate certificate will depend on your training goals and objectives. At a minimum, a student pilot needs a third class medical to flight train and to flight instruct and a first class medical to work for the airlines. If you are planning on becoming a professional airline pilot, we recommend you get a First Class FAA Medical Certificate right away. Veteran students wishing to utilize their VA educational benefits must maintain a first or second class medical certificate.
How do I enroll in flight training at L3 Airline Academy?
Can a student chose their own flight instructor?
Flight instructors are assigned based on availability. All flight instructors are trained to the highest level of safety and standardization ensuring all students will be trained to some of the highest standards in the industry.
If I enroll in your school's program will I be guaranteed a job when I finish?
Hiring is based on several factors and no guarantees can be made regarding hiring a student before they complete flight training. However, students who successfully complete the Professional Pilot Program will be given the opportunity to interview for a CFI position. F1 visa bearing graduates are eligible to apply for post completion Option Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States for up to one year in a field directly related to their major course of study.
I have more questions, how can I reach you?
The admissions staff at L3 Airline Academy will be happy to help answer any questions you may have. Call us today at 1-800-U-CAN-FLY
(International callers: +1 407-330-7020) or submit a request online to contact us.
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