The government ‘Forces to Flyers’ program trains veterans to pilots

The forces to Flyers train 40 veterans to pilots.


The U.S. Department of Transportation has a new program to help veterans become pilots.

The Forces to Flyers Research Initiative is a program that is designed to the country-wide pilot shortage during the work to veterans with the skills and training needed to become commercial pilots.

“We recognize the importance of helping returning veterans find a good job, and help communities find solutions to the growing pilot shortage. This deficit effects air travel and air cargo service nationwide, but especially threatens the countryside, access to air service. This program is an important first step in addressing these two goals,” the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.


The three-year initiative will focus on identifying barriers to training and employment in the area, and offer flight training up to 40 people who are interested in pursuing a career path, according to a press release.

Veterans selected to participate in the program will receive the “flight training expansion of the first flight lesson through the training necessary to be a Certified flight instructor (CFI) or Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFI-I)”, a U.S. Department of Transportation spokesman told Fox News.

Once they get their diploma, the participants will then be equipped with the skills required to gain employment as a flight instructor as they work in the direction of obtain sufficient flying hours needed to become an airline pilot.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has just announced last week, the four schools chosen to take part in the program are as follows: leading Edge Aviation in Bend, Oregon; CTI Professional Flight Training, LLC in Millington, Tenn.; AMERICAN Aviation Group, LLC in Denton, Texas; and CTI Professional Flight Training, LLC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Veterans who are interested in participating in Forces to Flyers will be required to fill out an application with the individual’s flight school, which also provide information about the potential costs of students is expected to cover.


All of the Forces to Flyers students should also have a first-class medical certificate, student pilot certificate, and a letter of reference from a previous or current commander, teacher/instructor/lecturer or supervisor/manager. Additional admission requirements can be found at online.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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