General aviation’s advocacy groups are lobbying the House of Representatives, asking congressional members to oppose legislation that would make it harder for veterans to pursue aviation careers.
H.R. 3016, the Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act, would cap flight training tuition and fee benefits at $20,235, a move a Feb. 9 letter warns will “cause immediate and alarming changes to collegiate flight-training degree benefits for our nation’s military veterans.”
“There are great jobs in aviation and our nation’s veterans have earned a right to pursue those opportunities,” said Jim Coon, senior vice president of government affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “By capping flight training benefits, this legislation would effectively put flying careers out of reach for many vets.”
Without a sizable, out-of-pocket investment, “a veteran would be unable to attain an aeronautical college degree with a commercial pilot license,” the GA groups wrote in the letter.
In addition to AOPA, the letter opposing H.R. 3016 was signed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Air Transportation Association (NATA), National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).