GI Bill for Private Pilot Certification
This petition is to promote change within the current Montgomery GI Bill pertaining to "Flight Training". Currently, the GI Bill does not cover any portion of your flight training relating to earning a private pilots certificate. It will cover up to 60% of commercial pilot training, which is well beyond the first step of a certificate. Personally, I feel that since I (we) honorably served in our Armed Forces, and most of us spent a lot of time away from our families (3 deployments for me, including 2 to Iraq), the least that can be done is to open up the GI Bill to 'education related' training. It can be argued that earning private pilots certification is, indeed, education-related. I am fortunate enough to be able to pay for my certification. However, many out there who wish to earn the certification and who have thousands of dollars simply sitting in their GI Bill piggy bank cannot. I could just turn and walk away, but I feel that while the GI Bill has been greatly improved over the past year (Post 911), there is still room for some improvement. If you are a veteran seeking a private pilots certification, a general aviation enthusiast or simply agree with me on this topic, please sign my petition for change! Thank you, Brian.