Sandpoint, ID (PressExposure) February 20, 2012 -- Aviation Schools Online (AviationSchoolsOnline.com) is pleased to announce American veterans are the subject of its newest featured section of flight schools across the United States. The Idaho-based website service, well known for its complete directory of aviation schools, has just launched a separate listing of aviation schools where tuition is included as part of the benefits package available to US veterans.
Veterans eligible for tuition assistance are those covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and various other programs that benefit American veterans. Every veteran who successfully completes flight school will be eligible for the same airline industry jobs as a civilian graduate.
Airline pilot salary varies according to the type of airline for which he or she works. According to the latest edition of the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean annual commercial pilot salary for the year 2008 was $65,340 although in the 10% highest-earning bracket earned almost $130,000 that year.
Other aviation industry options open to US veterans include air traffic control school, helicopter flight training and educational preparation for an A and P license. The A and P (Airframe and Powerplant) license is the first step in securing a job as an airplane mechanic. Flight instructor jobs are usually available to licensed pilots in good standing.
The BLS counts 116,000 aircraft pilots and flight engineers on the US job force in 2008, with 129,700 of them needed in 2018. This increase of 13,700 jobs over a ten-year time span represents a 12% job growth rate, which is in keeping with the job growth rate forecast for the American job market in general.
In addition to salary and / or wage earnings, airline pilots often receive generous benefits packages that usually includes retirement benefits, per-diem expense allowances for every hour away from home, and uniform purchase and cleaning services. Pilots often receive disability payments when or if they become physically unable to pass the physical exam required of the Federal Aviation Administration. In most cases, the pilot and immediate family enjoy free or reduced airfare when traveling for business or pleasure.