Military Students

McAir Aviation is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency to offer Veteran Benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill ® to those who qualify.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Under Chapter 30, a veteran may use his or her benefits for flight training and be reimbursed up to 60 percent of the flight training costs. The courses that McAir Aviation is approved to offer are the Instrument Pilot Rating, Commercial Pilot and Multi-Engine Ratings.

GI Bill ® benefits may not be used for any portion of training for the Private Pilot certificate because obtaining that certification alone does not allow pilots to earn money. The VA is clear that the GI Bill ® benefits are only to be utilized in support of education and training that can lead to a paying job.

To be eligible, you must have a private pilot certificate and Second-Class Medical Certificate. To start you must fill out the VA form 22-1990. If you are currently enrolled in another school, such as a college or tech school and receiving benefits, file VA Form 22-1995. Once you have completed the form, bring in a copy of the filed form along with your DD-214. If you are in the Guard or Reserves a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE).

At the end of each month, VA approved students will hand in a training log of all training activities to be certified to the VA. Payments from the VA typically take 2- 4 weeks after they receive the training certifications from our school. You can pick up a copy of the Veterans Information Bulletin (VIB) for a full explanation.

Educational Benefit Rates

Learn about the basic monthly rates for Educational Assistance Allowance for trainees under the Montgomery GI Bill ® - Active Duty (Ch. 30 of title 38 U.S.C.).
Go to VA Rates Website

Enrolled at a University?

McAir Aviation has articulation agreements with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and Metro State University Denver. These colleges are participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill ® Yellow Ribbon Program, which agrees to make additional funds available for those who qualify towards an education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.

Apply for GI Bill ® Benefits

Visit the VA website to find out more on how to apply for the GI Bill ® and other VA education benefits as a Veteran, service member, or qualified family member.
Go to VA Website

Military Students

  • Chapter 33 GI Bill ® (Post 911 GI Bill ®)
  • Chapter 1606 (for Reserves/Guard, not Activity Duty)
  • Chapter 1607 (for Reserves/Active Duty)
  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill ®
  • Chapter 31 Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation

Veterans or current active military should contact their transition officer to review which program(s) they may or may not qualify for assistance.

Chapter 33 Benefit Payments

Depending on the student’s situation, students approved for Chapter 33 benefits may qualify for payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, a stipend for books and supplies, college fund payments, a rural benefit payment, and a Yellow Ribbon Program benefit. Chapter 33 differs from other education related Chapters in that each type of payment is issued separately, with some payments made directly to the school and others directly to the student.


~13 Months

In as few as 13 months**, you can train for a career as a Commercially Rated Pilot*
(Private Pilot Airplane, Single-Engine Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate Airplane Single-Engine, Commercial Pilot Certificate Airplane Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument)

363 Days

McAir Conducts Flight Training

*McAir Aviation does not guarantee third-party certifications/ratings or employment.

**Assumes full time flying schedule.

***Additional flight hours and certification required to be eligible to apply for airline pilot positions.

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