My flight training costs alone up in the Pacific North West (for just the flight school portion) were in the vicinity of $100,000 and that included Private -> CFII in Robinsons and 20 hours in a 206B at somewhere around $550 per hour (student rate.) I even think now the school I trained at is trying to transition the advanced courses (long line and mountain) over to the R44 from the B-206B.
The two-year AAS college degree in Aviation Science itself was probably another $50,000 if that (that number is probably on the high side). Add a monthly housing stipend for 2 1/2 years while I was in school and I'd say overall my total training with college (that I finished), all of my licenses and certificates up to CFII was probably reaching $200,000 over the course of 2 1/2 years (for just 1 individual). Not bad considering the outcome of currently flying for hire and logging time (WHILE making a pay check!)
Proof that you can get it done with just a bunch of Robinson time and $200,000 from the VA. That is the kind of information the VA and Washington need to see.
I think Mike has it on par with restricting the funds to piston helicopter training and incorporating a max cap overall. I'm thoroughly interested to see where Washington takes the Bill and the sort of changes that we'll see. All for the better of not only Veterans, but for the flight training industry and future pilots as a whole.
Edited by RagMan, 27 March 2015 - 10:15.