Where are you located now? Do you have any pilots certificates?
If you are employed stay there for now.
If your a reserve check for military flying clubs in the area to get started.
If not find a pt 141 school in your area and get started on your pilot
certificates. Under the Montgomery GI you'll have to pay for your
Private on your own. Then use your GI for Instrurment and Commercial.
I don't know of any pt 141 that does Floats and is approved by the VA,
I'm looking for one myself.
For A&P schools go here and look around for information and schools
I would recommend a Community College, visit and ask lots of questions,
check with the local fsdo for information about any school (pilot or mech)
you are the employer, get the most for your money. Ask about
Vet discounts and programs to help pay for school.
DO NOT PAY FOR A PROGRAM IN FULL, IN ADVANCE. IE silver state helicopters
went under with students holding the bag with loans
up to 60k plus
Besides if you pay as you go you can stop anytime and not owe alot
of money. I went to a place that gave a discount for buying time in
10 hour blocks in advance thats ok as you won't lose as much if something
happens to the company.
Thanks for the reply Pic. I live near Sierra Vista, Arizona (South of Tucson) and I don't have any certifications yet.
I have done a bit of searching and the best bet looks like Cochise Community College (Through Double Eagle Aviation- www.2-eagle.com). They have flexible courses and have a special program where I can claim 100% reimbursement for the Private Pilot's program. Everything after that is only 60%, and AFAIK it's paid from month to month.
I have heard good things about Cochise Community College,
you can do all your training there(pilot and A&P).
Get a Degree while your at it.
If you do your IR with them be sure to go somewhere
with real IFR and get some experience in the soup
before you try it on your own.
Get your A&P first, then trade work for airtime?