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  1. This is just an effort to explain how I personally am using my GI bill to learn to get my CFII and what I've learned during this process because I had a helluva time trying to figure it out searching for stuff online, including this forum, and I hope this will help someone. First, your GI Bill benefits will not pay for your private pilots license. That you're going to have to pay for yourself, either by saving your pennies (The smart way IMO), or through financing. I saved my money for a year before starting my PPL. Since you're paying for it yourself, it doesn't really matter where you get it. I'm currently living at home while getting my PPL to save money. I chose a med sized flight school an hour away from me in North Carolina called Total Flight Solutions. They are partnered with a local community college if you want to get your degree as well, but at the moment they are not VA certified, though they are working on it. Next you need to find - and contact - a flight school that is approved by the VA. From what I understand the only states with these schools are Arizona, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Texas. I chose the school in Arizona (Guidance Aviation) because I'd already visited there previously and liked what I saw. I was told by Max Bledsoe (In charge of the VA program at Yavapai College, which is partnered with Guidance Aviation) that there is a waiting list for people wanting to use their GI Bill benefits to get their CFII and 2 year degree. (They're only allowed to train a certain percentage of pilots using the GI Bill VS non-GI Bill). Additionally, you must have your PPL before you can even be put ON that waiting list. And that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Hope this helps.
  2. Well that's true, for trucking it'll be hard to replace delivery drivers.
  3. First let me start by saying I'm not a helicopter pilot, but I've always wanted to be. In the next 6-12 months I'll finally be able to begin training, however I have some serious concerns about the future of the industry. Self driving cars and trucks are soon to become more and more prolific. Tesla will begin rolling out self driving taxis within the next 12 months which will make regular taxis and rideshares like uber obsolete and the trucking industry is right behind them. Commercial airlines can basically fly themselves, and the military has had both remotely controlled and autonomous drones for years. As a truck driver myself, I am forced to realize I need a backup plan, and that makes me wonder if spending 90 grand to realize my dream of becoming a helicopter pilot is a wise decision given current events? How long till those tiny camera equipped quad-copters are scaled up and replace the man in the cockpit as the "safer more economical alternative"? You guys are the boots on the ground, the people with first hand knowledge, what do you think? If you had to do it all over again in today's world, would you? Are any of you veteran pilots already making sure you have a plan B? Or am I completely off base and there's nothing to worry about?
  4. First let me just start out by saying I'm not yet a helicopter pilot, but that is my goal to start training in 6m to a year. However, I have some serious concerns about the future of the industry. With all the talk about autonomous self-driving cars and trucks (Tesla will being rolling out self-driving taxis within the next year and trucks are next, it's only a matter of time), is spending $90,000 becoming a helicopter pilot still a wise option? Commercial airlines can pretty much fly themselves, and the military has had remotely piloted and autonomous drones for years, what about the helicopter industry? How long till those tiny quad-copters are scaled up and replace the man in the cockpit as the "safer more economical alternative"? You guys are the boots on the ground, the people with first hand knowledge, what do you think? Will helicopter pilots be all but extinct in 5-10 years, or am I completely wrong and there's nothing to worry about? Are any of you veteran pilots already considering other options?
  5. I've been trying to find a school in the RDU area, I'm assuming they're not VA Approved (I know you can't use VA to get your PPL anyway)? What's your opinion of them so far? Do they have a website?
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