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Can I use the Montgomery G.I. Bill to pay for flying lessons?

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

No expenses are covered for flying lessons at the Private Pilot Level.
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).

This is true at any and all flight training institutions everywhere, whether they are Part 141 "VA-Approved" or Part 61 operators.

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.)

Are there any exceptions?
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).

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.
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.

What is the difference between part 61 & part 141?
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 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:
http://www.airliners.net
http://www.flyingmag.com

 

 




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