Our Veteran Program Information
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Airlink Flight School’s Waterville, Maine location is approved by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs for the use of GI Bill ® benefits.
**Waterville, Maine Is The Only Location That Offers This Program**
Instrument/Commercial Pilot Course
By statute (38 DSC 3452), an individual receiving VA educational assistance must be pursuing a vocational, educational, or professional objective. By requiring that both Instrument and Commercial courses be taken simultaneously, VA is helping ensure that a student has made a commitment and is using his or her benefits to achieve a vocational objective. This is the only instance where this procedure will be followed. This will allow payment of VA educational benefits while complying with FAA requirements.
Airlink Veteran Discount
The Private Pilot Course is not approved for VA Benefits – however, Airlink LLC offers a 5% discount to veterans and service members enrolling in our Private Pilot Course and financing available to qualified pilots.
How It Works
The differences between the benefits are:
1. Montgomery GI Bill ® (Chapter 30) – Usually will reimburse 60% of training to the student Accelerated Training can be taken.
2. Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) Usually will reimburse 100% of training to the student Accelerated Training can be taken Limited to $12,555 per academic year
Veterans, service members or reservists receiving federal educational assistance benefits under Title 38, U.S. code are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of instruction per quarter (defined as every 90- day period following the date training began). Exceptions may be granted due to weather, illness, or other unavoidable circumstances and must be documented in the student file to be considered acceptable.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse an eligible veteran, service member or reservist for dual and solo flight training, preflight briefings, post flight critiques, and ground school at the rate of 60%. The allowance is paid monthly by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the student based on actual training received and certified to the Department of Veteran Affairs. When you meet with our staff, we can provide you with a reasonable estimate of the expected total VA program cost for the course(s) you choose. Exact costs will depend on your progress, since students must train to FAA Practical Test Standards. Additional factors can include general aptitude, study habits, and personal motivation. Payment for all charges incurred for aircraft rental and instruction are due upon completion of each training session. Payment can be made with a credit card, or debit card, as well as cash or check. To learn more about the authorization and application process, please visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov or call VA nationwide 1-888-422-4551 for any questions.