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VA Benefits

Trident Aircraft is authorized by the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs to conduct flight training for U.S. service members covered by benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Eligible veterans can receive reimbursement for the full cost of their flight training up to $10,330 per academic year (August 1 – July 31) for flight training resulting in the issuance of the following certificates and ratings:

  • Instrument Rating
  • I Commercial Pilot
  • I Multi-Engine (Commercial)
  • I Flight Instructor (Single Engine, Instrument, Multi-Engine)

How It Works

Veterans must submit a request for benefits to their local VA office, which will then issue a letter declaring the individual’s eligibility. Once this letter is furnished to Trident Aircraft, the veteran must submit the following documentation as additional proof of eligibility:

  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (valid passport or birth certificate/photo ID)
  • First or Second Class Medical certificate issued by FAA-certified Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Trident Aircraft rental agreement and account information sheet
  • Washington, D.C. SFRA course completion certificate (required to act as PIC within 60nm of Washington, D.C.)

If you have not previously applied for VA Benefits, you can apply on-line. After completion and approval by the VA for training you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from VA. Simply bring this certificate along with your DD214 Record of Service, Private Certificate and Medical Certificate to Trident and we will help you initiate the applications to VA.

If you are already enrolled in training at another institution, and would like to pursue vocational flight training with Trident, simply complete a VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training and bring it, along with your certificates, to Trident to initiate the application process.

For more information or to learn more about how to receive benefits, click here. You may also call our office at 410-604-1333 or send us an email at

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