L3 Airline Academy Welcomes Empire Airlines into its Pilot Pathway Program

SANFORD, Fla. (October 14, 2014) – In partnership with Empire Airlines, L3 Airline Academy , an accredited global flight school, is addressing the urgent need for pilots via its Airline Pilot Pathway Program.

Designed to guide a pilot toward successful employment at Empire Airlines, the program includes a dedicated screening and selection process followed by flight training and certification preparation at L3 Airline Academy ’s Sanford, Florida campus. Upon completion of the minimum requirements, including an interview with the Empire Airlines hiring team, cadets will earn a guaranteed job offer from Empire Airlines.

“L3 Airline Academy addresses the growing demand for pilots by offering innovative solutions featuring advanced digital technology to match the learning requirements of a new generation of professional pilots.  We are passionate about helping students learn how to fly by achieving two main goals – training students how to be the most knowledgeable, safe, and sought-after pilots in the aviation industry and helping students and flight instructors achieve their dreams by placing them with our esteemed list of partners to now include Empire Airlines,” says L3 Airline AcademyVice President and Flight Academy Executive Director Hank Coates.

An experienced, international leader in aviation training, L3 Airline Academy has successfully placed more than 300 first officer pilots at 30 airlines and trained pilots for service in more than 15 countries including China, Taiwan, Colombia, France, Belgium, Khazakstan, and the United Kingdom over the past five years.

“The Empire Airlines Pilot Pathway Program ensures graduates meet our rigorous hiring requirements and have immediate access to professional aviation careers by focusing on discipline, respect, leadership, communication, effective resource management, and decision making from day one,” says Tim Komberec, president and CEO of Empire Airlines.

About Empire Airlines

From a small fixed base charter company, Empire Airlines, Inc. has grown into an international air carrier and heavy maintenance repair station. The ‘we can do that’ attitude has been in effect since the inception of the company in 1977. Empire specializes in Airline Startups, Fleet Provisioning, Freight Services, STCs, cargo, and passenger services. The ‘family feel’ of the business and rewarding work atmosphere respects employees’ integrity and encourages professional and personal growth.  For more information, visit www.empireairlines.com.


Celebrating 25 Years of Aviation Training Excellence

Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), L3 Airline Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by airlines; Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  Today, under the name of L3 Airline Academy , the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.

L3 Airline Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy is dedicated to quality, safety, reliability, and performance and strives to turn students into successful airline pilots and exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.

In its 25 years of operation, L3 Airline Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 licenses and certificates, while growing its reputation as one of the safest, most reliable flight academies in the world.

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