Is Flight Training Right For You?



Tampa Bay Aviation is proud to offer approved flight training under the VA GI Bill of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Is GI Bill® Flight Training Right for You?

Take the Tampa Bay Aviation “GI Bill® Flight Training Readiness Quiz”


You can use your GI Bill education benefits to complete the professional flight training you’ve always dreamed about.

 You’ve earned your VA benefits. Tampa Bay Aviation can help you put them to work. We’ll guide you every step of the way to ensure you get the best use of your benefits to launch your new career. GI Bill does not cover private pilot training.

 Most veterans now have benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33). Under Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), the benefit’s maximum rate per academic year is capped

  • Instrument Fixed Wing
  • Commercial Fixed Wing
  • CFI Fixed Wing
  • CFII Fixed Wing
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Add On
  • Rotorcraft Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor
  • Airplane (AMEL)-Multi-Engine Land Certified Flight Instructor Rating
  • Commercial Rotorcraft Add-On from Commercial Fixed-Wing



  • Instrument Fixed Wing
  • Instrument Fixed Wing Add On (Already have rotor instrument)
  • Commercial Fixed Wing
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Add On – Part 141
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Add On – Part 61
  • Instrument Helicopter
  • Commercial Helicopter


    If you are still active duty Army or Air Force, you may qualify for Credentialing Assistance through the COOL program. You can earn up to $4,500/ year toward one of the ratings listed below.

  • Private Pilot – ASEL, Rotorcraft

  • Instrument Pilot – ASEL, Rotorcraft

  • Commercial Pilot –

  • ASEL, Rotorcraft

  • Multi Commercial Add On

  • Commercial Pilot Add On – ASEL

  • Certified Flight Instructor – ASEL

  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument – ASEL

  • ATP (time-building) – AMEL

    In order to apply to the Credentialing Assistance program, you will need to first receive a personalized quote from us to upload as part of your application. Please contact us for your quote!

    More information:
    Army COOL https://home.army.mil/daegu/index.php/about/Garrison/directorate-human-resources/credentialing-assistance-program



What Others Are Saying

“I absolutely CANNOT say enough good things about this operation! Just got my CFI from them, and had fun doing it (which I’m told is not a common phenomenon). It took minimal time, and the cost was about what you’d expect to pay at American Flyers, or ATP for CFI. However, the quality of training you will receive here will far exceed the standard of the “pilot mills”. Larry was my primary instructor but I also flew with Josh, Durant and Mike, all of whom were very knowledgeable and professional (in addition being “down to earth”, and cool). Look no further than these guys for all of your flight training needs! They’re awesome!!!” - Damian W.
“Known to be one of the best Part 61 Flight Schools for a reason! Tampa Bay Aviation, headquartered at Clearwater Airpark boasts an amazing fleet of fixed wing and rotor craft aircraft, that are always kept in excellent condition and ready to fly at a moments notice. This flight school has the best team of Certified Flight Instructor’s I have ever trained with. Taking into account the excellent rental rates for quality aircraft, with highly experienced staff, it is truly safe to say Tampa Bay Aviation is one of the top Flight Schools in the nation!” ~ Jose A.
“Tampa Bay Aviation is an excellent operation. My son did his flight training here last summer and earned his Private Pilot License, and it inspired me to learn to fly as well. The instructors are excellent, the aircraft are up to date and the staff is friendly and helpful. We have recommended them to several friends and they have had excellent experiences as well. Overall, it is a great place to fly. i HIGHLY recommend it!” - Eric M.
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  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Pass a required knowledge test.
  • Pass a required oral and practical flight test administered by a FAA designated examiner.
  • Hold either a student or sport pilot certificate.
  • Get a Third Class Medical Certificate.

IN THE AIR – The FAA  requires a minimum of 35 Hours Total Flight Time with 20 Hours Flight Instruction. However, many students require more time. There’s no rush and we won’t push you to complete your training until you’re ready. Our students average around 60 total hours of training.

ON THE GROUND – 35 Hours Ground Instruction

TIMELINE- The more frequently you fly, the faster you will complete your training. Our schedule is flexible and is one on one with an instructor. This means that you are able to build your own schedule and go at your own pace. We suggest flying 2-3 times per week which averages about 4-6 months of training. 

Questions About Flight Training?