Leading Edge Flight Academy is excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the official training providers for the Forces to Flyers research initiative, providing flight training in the Western Pacific, Northwest, Mountain, and Alaska regions.




A three-year research initiative, Forces to Flyers is funded and led by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. Selected eligible veterans will be awarded significant funding towards their flight training while research is conducted regarding pilot pathways for entering the workforce, identifying barriers to pilot training and employment, and implementing and evaluating a demonstration initiative that will provide flight training to veterans interested in becoming airline pilots. The results of the research will be used to help to determine how to assist veterans’ transitions to new careers as airline pilots and thereby preserve air service to rural and small communities.




1) Am I eligible for the program?

You must meet all of the following to be eligible for the program:

  • At least 21 years of age-Honorably discharged or on active/reserve duty
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Not a holder of a private pilot license, either fixed wing OR rotor wing
  • No previous flying experience in the military
  • Eligible for a first class medical certificate
  • Able to provide $13,526 towards flight and ground training, which is equivalent to 1 year of the Post 9/11 GI Bill funding for individuals with 100% eligibility
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English fluently
  • Willing to commit to pursuing a career as an airline pilot
  • Able to pursue flight training on a close to full-time basis

2) Do I have to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill in order to be an eligible candidate?

You must be honorably discharged or active/reserve. GI Bill eligibility is not required. However, if not eligible for the GI Bill, you will have to pay about $13,500 (the annual GI Bill funding allowance for flight training) out of pocket for training.

3) Will I have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses?

Books and supplies could amount to approximately $2,000.

4) When will candidates be selected?

We hope to select candidates for the first class date by the first week in June. Candidates for other class dates will be selected when the DOT approves the next course enrollment.

5) How many candidates will be selected?

 There is a maximum of 11 spots.

6) When will my training begin if I’m selected?

TBD – Stay tuned for details pertaining to our school.