Forces to Flyers Program

CTI Professional Flight Training is proud to announce that it has been selected as the Forces to Flyers training provider for the Central/Great Lakes and Eastern/Southern Regions!

The Forces to Flyers initiative offers significant funding towards flight training for a select number of eligible veterans. This three-year research initiative is led by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and its Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The research initiative will study pathways for entering the pilot workforce, identify barriers to pilot training and employment, and implement and evaluate a demonstration initiative that will provide flight training to veterans interested in becoming airline pilots. The results of the research will be used to help to determine how to assist veterans’ transitions to new careers as airline pilots and thereby preserve air service to rural and small communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Who is eligible for the program?

You must meet all of the following to be eligible for the program:

-At least 21 years of age-Honorably discharged or on active/reserve duty
-Hold a high school diploma or GED

-Not a holder of a private pilot license

-Eligible for a first class medical certificate

-Able to use 12 months of GI Bill funding or provide $13,526 towards flight and ground training
-Read, write, speak, and understand English fluently
-Willing to commit to pursuing a pilot career
-Able to pursue flight training on a near-full-time basis

2) Does the candidate have to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill in order to be an eligible candidate?

The candidate must be honorably discharged or active/reserve. GI Bill eligibility is not required. However, if not eligible for the GI Bill, student will have to pay about $13,500 (the annual GI Bill funding allowance for flight training) out of pocket for training.

3) Does the candidate have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses for their F2F training?

Check rides, knowledge tests, books, uniforms, and headsets are out-of-pocket costs. This is at least $3,000.

4) After submitting necessary documents, when will the final selection of candidates be made?

The selection process will be completed by mid-July.

5) Will there be more than 10 candidates selected per school?

No, 10 is the maximum expected to be funded by the Department of Transportation. 4 is the minimum.

6) If selected, when will classes begin?

July-August 2018 for the first 4 students and possibly November 2018 for the remaining 6 students, depending on government funding and timing.