L3 to expand its UK flight training with a new site at Cranfield Airport Image: Cranfield University

New Location to boost flight training capacity and support demand for cadet pilot programmes

L3 Commercial Aviation is expanding its UK Airline Academy operations with a new site at Cranfield Airport set to open in July 2019. The location will help to increase L3’s flight training capacity for cadets across its European training programs.

L3 Airline Academy vice president, Geoff van Klaveren, said:

“This investment will help to improve both the quality and capacity of our world-leading pilot training.

“With its existing infrastructure, heritage in aviation and strong network with the industry, we believe that Cranfield represents an attractive location to expand our UK training capacity.”

By the end of 2019, L3 will operate more than 12 aircraft at Cranfield Airport, providing training capacity for more than 50 cadets.

The site will also create over 27 dedicated permanent jobs within the local economy.

Rob Abbott, Cranfield Airport’s Director said:

“We welcome L3 to Cranfield University’s global research airport.

“In L3, Cranfield Airport has a partner engaged not just in the basic principles of academy training, but with a clear strategy for pilots of the future.”