Our History

L3 Airline Academy at Orlando Sanford International Airport, Florida, is part of a global network of airline academies around the world. We are not just a flight school, we are where Airline Pilot careers take-off.

Established in 1989 by Comair Airlines, the Academy trains students to become professional, high-caliber pilots to fulfill the needs of the growing airline industry. As the only airline owned and operated pilot training academy, the school’s reputation grew with the expanding airline. In 2000, Delta Air Lines purchased Comair Airlines and its subsidiaries. This new era marked boundless growth and excitement for the Academy. To align with the Academy’s expanding role in providing first officers to the Delta Connection carriers, the Academy was renamed Delta Connection Academy (DCA). DCA continued to grow and expand its endeavors by partnering with colleges to provide flight training for their aviation degree programs.

In December of 2009, Delta Connection Academy merged with Aerosim Technologies, an aviation simulator and courseware design firm. Founded in 1993, Aerosim Technologies provided the link between Computer Based Training and Full Flight Simulators by designing a new, PC-based simulator trainer, equipped with full free-play functions and realistic cockpit environments. This exciting partnership led to the renaming of the school as Aerosim Flight Academy.

In September of 2016, L3 Technologies, Inc., acquired Aerosim, including Aerosim Technologies, Inc. and Aerosim Flight Academy, Inc. Aerosim integrated into the L3 Commercial Training Solutions division.

As part of L3 Commercial Training Solutions, we play a significant role in providing innovative solutions for aspiring Pilots that address the increasing global demand for qualified pilots. In turn, we are able to offer an exciting route to an Airline Pilot career for more aspiring aviators than ever before.

L3 Airline Academy offers Commercial Pilot training courses approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR Part 141, and general aviation training under 14 CFR Part 61. The Academy provides a professional flight-training environment based on sophisticated airline standards and is dedicated to safety, quality and performance.

Our Mission

L3 Airline Academy is committed to delivering world class training services and facilities to aspiring men and women with the desire and motivation to become an Airline Pilot. It is our responsibility within this mission to create an atmosphere of dignity, respect, fairness and support so that the students have the optimum environment in which to learn and develop professionally. To produce world class training, we must provide world class instructors, management and staff. Our  team of dedicated professionals is accountable and motivated to our mission.

Airline Partners Around the Globe

L3 Airline Academy is proud to partner with regional airlines to provide cadets direct access to professional career opportunities. These airlines are so confident in the training provided at L3 Airline Academy , they often award conditional job offers to students who qualify before they graduate from flight training:

  • Air Wisconsin
  • CommutAir
  • Compass
  • Empire
  • Envoy
  • ExpressJet
  • GoJet
  • Piedmont
  • PSA
  • Republic Airways
  • Silver Airways
  • Sky West
  • Trans States

In the past five years, the Academy has successfully placed more than 300 flight instructors at 30 different airlines and trained pilots for airline service in more than 15 countries including China, Taiwan, Colombia, France, Belgium, Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom.

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Become an Airline Pilot

Contact us today to learn more about how you can become a pilot and benefit from the Pilot Placement Services L3 Airline Academy has to offer.

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