Tradewind Flight Services (TFS) has an established partnership with Liberty University School of Aeronautics as an official training affiliate location. Liberty University Affiliate students have the option to pursue an online bachelor’s degree while conducting flight training with TFS. As a partner with Liberty University School of Aeronautics, TFS will instruct student pilots in flight training for private, instrument, commercial and multi-engine ratings. Instructor certification for flight, instrument and multi-engine ratings is also part of the curriculum available. College credit for these courses will be awarded through Liberty University as part of a four-year degree program that prepares the student for a career in aviation. This Department of Veteran Affairs approved program is also open to high school students. Juniors and seniors who live in proximity to one of the flight training affiliates can now earn college credits while also earning their private pilot certificate through Liberty University Online Academy.
Craven Community College
Tradewind Flight Services (TFS) and Craven Community College (Craven CC) are partnered in the Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology program. The Aviation and Career Pilot Technology program at Craven CC offers an exciting opportunity for potential aviators to earn an associate degree in conjunction with the flight training required for a professional pilot. This program is open to all eligible students to include military veterans and high school graduates. This is a unique program that streamlines the learning process allowing future pilots to earn their degree and license in two years. The student will undergo a challenging curriculum that combines classroom, simulator and flight training. The graduate will leave the program with 300 hours of flight time and all the necessary experience for a career with commercial airlines, general aviation, the aerospace industry or in state and federal aviation organizations.
Tradewind Flight Services is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible students can use VA backed educational programs (Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30, or Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33) to cover the costs of pilot training.
The Montgomery GI Bill reimbursement policy for flight training is limited to 60% of costs up to the maximum number of hours approved for dual instruction for both flight and ground training. The maximum hours are based on the FAA Regulations Part 141 for each certificate or rating sought. This reimbursement is paid to you by the VA on a monthly basis and is calculated based on the total cost of actual training you received. The VA policy excludes reimbursement for any hours over the approved maximum.
The post 9/11 GI Bill covers up to 100% of flight training with minimal out-of-pocket expenses to you. To begin, a student must have an eligibility letter from the VA. Tradewind is paid directly for all approved flight training by the VA. The student is essentially extended credit on receipt of the VA eligibility letter. The VA policy excludes reimbursement for any hours over the approved maximum, FAA medical exams, training kits, books, or other materials whether they are required or not. Veteran’s must sign a Tradewind Training Agreement.
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