Tampa Bay Aviation is proud to offer approved flight training under the VA GI Bill of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
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.
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 –
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!
Army COOL https://home.army.mil/daegu/index.php/about/Garrison/directorate-human-resources/credentialing-assistance-program
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.