VA Funding for Pilot Training



VT Aviation Academy of America Announces VA Funding for Pilot Training

Veteran’s Administration Education Benefits welcomed at VT AAA

Finance pilot training with VA Funding 

VA FAQ for Post 911 GI Bill 

Hondo, TX, April 3, 2017 – Aviation Academy of America, Inc. (AAA), a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announces VA Funding for Pilot Training Approved. With this approval, eligible service members, veterans, dependents, guard members, and reservists will now be able to use their VA education benefits for pilot training at AAA.

The VA Funding Pilot for Training approval comes after a stringent accreditation process implemented by both the FAA and AAA for the Hondo, Texas-based flight school where students who qualify are enabled the opportunity to obtain their instrument rating through commercial pilot licenses. Their education will include Multi-Engine Rating training, Certified Flight Instructor training, , Certified Flight Instructor Job training, and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) training to provide the right path to a career transition from the military to a professional pilot.

With this approval, AAA will launch two new programs to help military pilots convert to commercial pilots: one for veterans to obtain their commercial pilot training starting at zero flight training, and the second to enable the transition from a military rotor-wing pilot to a civilian commercial fixed wing pilot.

“These transitioning military pilots are in high demand at regional airlines because the military’s proven screening and selection ensure these candidates will make excellent airline employees who understand the chain of command, honor, and integrity,” said Paul Woessner, General Manager of AAA.  “This is a significant milestone in the history of our academy; we are honored to have VA Funding Pilot Training approved by the Veteran’s Administration and look forward to helping our veterans leverage their VA benefits under the GI bill to pay for the high cost of becoming a commercial pilot. The military community is such a big part of San Antonio and the surrounding areas, and we are happy to be able to provide a great career path for retired, separated or active duty military members who wish to become a civilian airline pilot.”

AAA was acquired in 2014 as a strategic intent for ST Engineering’s aerospace sector to grow its pilot training capacity and capabilities to support rising global demand. Marketed as part of ST Aerospace’s global network with an expanded footprint in the US, the Hondo-based Academy works closely with the aerospace sector’s existing pilot training businesses in Singapore and Ballarat, Australia, to offer an integrated suite of pilot training services to customers around the world and the United States.

Finance pilot training with VA Funding 

VA FAQ for Post 911 GI Bill 

All students, including those seeking funding from the VA, are responsible for paying their own flight school costs. It is also the students responsibility to pay on time and to keep their flight account up to date.

If a student is attending more than one training or school program it is up to the student to inform VT AAA. Students will be held accountable for all costs incurred.

Only the Charter College program is set up for VT AAA to operate as the secondary school, no other VA funding is provided to the student if the student designates VT AAA as a secondary school under any other program. This means that either VT AAA is set as the primary training program school or Charter College is primary school with VT AAA operating as the flight lab/secondary school.

VT AAA cannot start training before the VA funding arrives.


ST Aerospace (Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd) is the aerospace arm of
ST Engineering with revenue of S$2.49b in FY2016.  Operating a global MRO network with facilities and affiliates in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, it is the world’s largest commercial airframe MRO provider with a global customer base that includes leading airlines, airfreight and military operators.  ST Aerospace is an integrated service provider that offers a spectrum of maintenance and engineering services that include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and asset management services, including Total Aviation Support.  ST Aerospace has the global staff strength of around 8,000 employees worldwide.  Please visit for more information.

AAA (Aviation Academy of America), a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a US FAA Part 141 approved flight school, offering an integrated suite of pilot training services to customers around the world. Aviation Academy of America currently operates at the South Texas Regional Airport, located in Hondo, Texas and New Braunfels Regional Airport in New Braunfels, Texas. The academy also offers a unique training program for international students that incorporate both FAA requirements and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) requirements, as part of the ST Aerospace Academy’s international ab initio pilot program.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.
VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering.  Please visit


Media contacts:

Say Huan Yuan
AVP, Corporate Communications
ST Aerospace
Tel: (65) 6380 6362

Dena Lackey
Marketing Manager
AAA (Aviation Academy of America)
Phone: (1) 830 584 7977

Kimberly Miles
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax:     (1) 703 739 2611

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