I get asked this question all the time, so
I have researched it as best I can, and here is what I have
found. I believe it to be accurate, but things change, and
I would strongly recommend you verify this with someone at
the Department of Veterans Affairs.
You can reach them toll-Free at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
or, click the here to connect to their website: http://www.gibill.va.gov
To get your private pilot certificate, which
is the required first step in your fight training, you have
to cover all the expenses yourself. (learn
more aout our low cost of flying lessons).
| No expenses are covered for flying
lessons at the Private Pilot Level.
This is true at any and all flight training institutions everywhere,
whether they are Part 141 "VA-Approved" or Part
Therefore, where you choose to get your private pilot certificate,
should be based on which program suits your individual needs.
(consider - travel time to the location, ease of scheduling
of flight lessons, overall cost, etc.)
It is my understanding, that if you are a
full-time college student, then the you are eligilbe to receive
money every month, that can be used for college tuition, or
flight training, or some combination (once again, verify with
the Department of Veterans Affairs).
| Are there any exceptions?
It is my understanding that only 60% of any
ratings or certificates beyond the Private Pilot Certificate
are covered. (i.e. Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Flight
Instructor, etc.), and the G.I. Bill does not cover housing
costs, books, medical exams, or examiner fees.
|After you finish your Private Pilot
Training, a Part 141 program should be able to help you
use your G.I. Bill to HELP cover the costs of flight training.
In my opinion, there is very little difference
at the private pilot level. When you finish for flight training,
you will be held to the exact same standards in order to pass
your exams and you will have the exact same Private Pilot
Certificate upon completion.
| What is the difference between part
61 & part 141?
What it comes down to is this... if your instructor has done
a great job, you will be a great pilot!
We at American Airman - Long Island Flying operate under Part
61 rules, which gives us the most flexibilty to meet our clients'
individual needs, yet we do use a structured flight training
syllabus to keep our clients focused and on track!
Here are some links to some objective websites where you can
learn about this: