Groups Requesting That Congress Protect Veterans’ Flight Training


Today’s latest aviation news shows that Congress may pass a law that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

Seven aviation associations, including AOPA (Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association), have sent a joint letter to Congress requesting for them to put a stop to legislation from cutting down funding for flight training for veterans.

The letter stated “Legislation discriminates against veterans seeking a flight-training degree from public institutions of higher learning because it caps funding only for these degree programs. Other courses of study are not capped.” By doing this, legislation is essentially doing more harm then good. Legislation would cap annual benefits for veterans in collegiate flight training programs at $20,980, which is not enough for them to earn a commercial pilot certificate and other necessary ratings.

If this gets passed, veterans may not have the opportunity to become professional aviators.


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