Veterans Benefits

Horizon Flight Center is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs allowing students to use either the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), or the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) for flight training.

The following courses are approved for VA benefits:


  • Instrument Rating Course
  • Commercial Pilot Course Single Engine
  • Commercial Pilot Course Multi-Engine
  • Multi-Engine Pilot Add-on Course
  • Single Engine Pilot Add-on Course
  • Flight Instructor Course
  • Flight Instructor Instrument Course
  • Multi-Engine Instructor Course
  • Airline Transport Pilot Course

Important Links:

EBenefits - Gateway to Benefits Information

GI Bill Customer Help

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Contact Information

Veterans On-Line Applications (VONAPP)

There are some distinct differences between the two programs.


Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
  • VA will Reimburse 60% of Training to the Student
  • Student Pays Flight School
  • VA Reimburses the Student Directly
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • VA pays up to 100% Flight Training Coverage
  • Minimal Out-of-Pocket Expenses
  • VA Pays Flight School Directly
  • The VA limits coverage to $13,031.61 per academic year, per program course or max program allowance, whichever is reached first (The VA academic year is August to August)

Veterans' service members or reservist receiving federal educational assistance benefits under Title 38, U. S. Code, are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of instruction per quarter - defined as every 90 -day period following the date training began. Additionally, each VA student must complete a minimum of 5 hours of flight or ground training during each 30-day period following the when training began. Exceptions may be granted due to weather, illness or other unavoidable circumstances and must be documented in the student file to be considered acceptable.

Veterans' service members or reservist failing to meet these monthly and quarterly minimums will be terminated for the purpose of VA payment effective the last day of that month or quarter. A student may re-enroll only after evidence is shown that the conditions relating to the unsatisfactory attendance have been rectified. A student may re-enroll more than one time if mitigating circumstances allow.

Students must have a valid 2nd class medical or 1st class medical for ATP students.

The Montgomery GI Bill reimbursement policy of the VA 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. This information is documented on the VA's monthly certification report and submitted to the VA by Horizon Flight Center.

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. However, at your request, the VA will consider reimbursement for your FAA written exams and FAA practical checkride tests. Please see the Horizon Flight Center Flight School Manager for a certification test reimbursement package.

Veterans must sign a Horizon Flight Center Veterans Agreement.

The post 9/11 GI Bill will cover up to 100% of your flight training with minimal out-of-pocket expenses to you. A second class medical is required or a first class medical for ATP students. To begin, a student must have an eligibility letter from the VA. Apply for VA Benefits Here

Horizon Flight Center is paid directly for all flight training by the VA unless the students program does not cover a portion of the training. The student is essentially extended credit on receipt of the VA eligibility letter. It is extremely important each student manage his Veteran's benefits account. More over, understand and have knowledge of his Veteran's benefits.

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. However, at your request, the VA will consider reimbursement for your FAA written exams and FAA practical checkride tests. Please see the Horizon Flight Center Flight School Manager for a certification test reimbursement package.

Veteran's must sign a Horizon Flight Center Veterans Agreement.

Horizon Flight Center provides VA information as a courtesy to our military customers and we strive to make it as helpful and accurate as possible. If you find any discrepancies or have comments regarding the successful or unsuccessful use of this information, please email us at [email protected] so that we may update the information for others. For official information, please refer to the Department of Veterans Affairs website. To ensure we are in-processing our VA students effectively, we will review the program with each individual prior to flight training and ask each student review a Veterans Package & Agreement with one of our Veteran Certified Officials.
Hear from a Vet just like you...
"I came to Horizon Flight Center back in August 2009 to fulfill my dream of becoming a Private Pilot. I visited other local flight schools and chose Horizon based on a few things. First, their customer service was above reproach. The others schools made me feel inferior as if I was bothering them. Secondly, the support staff is professional and courteous while the flight instructors are knowledgeable of FAA regulations and are excellent instructors. Safety was paramount in the flight training as well as following the FAR Part 141 guidelines. I received my Private Pilot Certificate in March 2011 after taking nearly a year off. During that year off, I visited the school many times and they were anxious to get me back in the air but did not pressure me. I started my Instrument Training Course back in 2012 and again had to take a break. The Horizon staff recognized me during a few open house visits and inquired about my flight training; again not pressuring me. I am preparing to finish my Instrument Course and the staff continues its trend of professional flight training. I won 1.2 hours of flight training as an Open House Door Prize. I recently took advantage of that Door Prize and it ignited my passion to finish what I have started. The Director of Business Ms. Amy Wiegand is terrific and is implementing many initiatives to get veterans into the cockpit and complete their flight training. She has gone out of her way to assist me with my VA paperwork to ensure I am receiving quality assistance under the Post 9-11 Chapter 33 guidelines. Horizon Flight Center has the best instructors, modern airframes, modern onboard instruments, and is the finest Cessna Flight Training Center in the United States. I highly recommend you visit Horizon Flight Center if you are searching for a local flight training center. One visit to Horizon Flight Center will win over your business and put you on the path to fulfilling your aviation dreams." –Craig R.

"Horizon Flight Center is the best flight school I have been to in my flying career. After getting my private pilot license in Houston then transferring up to Massachusetts (joys of being active duty Coast Guard), I took a short break from flying because of work. I kick started my flying again with an accelerated instrument course with Shane Davis and passed my checkride in 13 days! I transferred down to Virginia and began my commercial syllabus. After a couple of starts and stops, Shane got me across the finish line and I passed my Commercial checkride on 08MAY17. Hands down to Amy Wiegand and the amazing staff for taking care of all of the VA items and making it so simple to use my GI Bill and concentrate on flying. The planes are well kept and maintained exceptionally well. I've never seen an aircraft that has made me feel unsafe to fly in and maintenance issues are taken care of very quickly. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the experience that I have had with them and look forward to earning many more ratings here!" -Eric M.

When you meet with our staff, we can provide you with a reasonable estimate of the expected total VA program cost for the course(s) you choose. Exact costs will depend on the your progress, since students must train to FAA Practical Test Standards. Additional factors can include general aptitude, study habits, and personal motivation. Exact costs will depend on “your” progress, since students must train to FAA Practical Test Standards.