Using GI Bill Benefits

Qualified students that choose to attend National Aviation Academy (NAA) are eligible to use GI Bill benefits to help pay for tuition.

To use GI Bill benefits, the student must be:

  • Active Duty
  • A Veteran
  • A Member of the Selected Reserve
  • A Member of the National Guard Armed Forces
  • A Spouse or Dependent of a Veteran (if benefits have been transferred)

How does it work?

There are currently six active GI Bill programs:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (MGBI–AD)
  • Reserve and Guard Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

The GI Bill can cover the cost of attending a university, but can also be used to help cover costs for training at non-college-degree institutions such as NAA. The tuition payment amount depends on the GI Bill program being used, the school attended, and the amount of time spent training. Students in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program need to complete a total of 2,000 clock hours (or 35 hours per week) while those in the Aviation Maintenance Professional* program need to complete a total of 3,000 clock hours (or 35 hours per week). In addition, those students enrolled in just the Advanced Aircraft Systems* program will need to complete a total of 1,000 clock hours (or 35 hours per week).

There are also certain time limits for using GI Bill benefits. For example, with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, duration of benefits is generally fifteen years from last day of active duty. With the Montgomery GI Bill, duration of benefits is generally ten years from last day of active duty.

The terms of receiving benefits will vary depending on the GI Bill. The Montgomery GI Bill tuition payment is made directly to the student while the Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition is paid directly to the school.

Get started

Application for the GI Bill benefits can be completed online through the VA’s Online Application (VONAPP) website: Questions can be directed to the VA Education Benefits office at: 1-888-442-4551.

Keep in mind that the processing time for a GI Bill application can be over six weeks. Application should be made before the student plans to start school in order to reduce the wait time for receiving benefits.


*Aviation Maintenance Professional and Advanced Aircraft Systems programs are only offered at the Tampa Bay campus at this time.

Who is Charles E. Taylor?


Charles Edward Taylor is recognized as the first aircraft maintenance technician and is best known for helping the Wright brothers achieve flight for the first time in 1903.

Charles, better known as Charlie, was born in Cerro Gordo, Ill. on May 24, 1868. He moved to Nebraska at a young age, where he dropped out of school to work as an errand boy for the Nebraska State Journal. He worked a few odd jobs here and there before meeting and marrying Henrietta Webbert.

The newlyweds decided to move to Henrietta’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio where Charlie opened up his own tool shop. It was through Henrietta’s family that he met Orville and Wilbur Wright. They owned a bicycle shop nearby and Henrietta’s uncle had been renting out the space to them. Upon meeting Charlie, they asked him to help make parts for their bicycles and eventually offered him a job starting at $18 a week.

Around this time, the Wright brothers began to experiment with gliders and made many trips to Kitty Hawk, N.C. After one trip in particular, they decided to call upon Charlie to build a wind tunnel to help gather more information to support their experiments. The wind tunnel was Charlie’s first direct experience with aviation and aeronautics.

A few years later, the Wright decided to build their own engine for their next project, a powered airplane. They assigned the task to Charlie, while they worked on building the airframe. Charlie constructed a 12-horsepower engine in only six weeks without any formal drawings, only sketches done by the Wrights or himself on pieces of paper.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright’s powered aircraft successfully lifted off the ground and flew 120 feet in 12 seconds, marking a crucial turning point in the world of aviation.


Oftentimes, the accomplishments of Charles E. Taylor were overlooked or overshadowed. While he was alive, he never really received the credit he deserved. The same is true for aviation maintenance technicians today. They work hard behind the scenes to provide safety for all passengers.

May 24th has been declared an official day of recognition for aviation maintenance technicians everywhere. This date is not only the birthdate of Charles E. Taylor, but also celebrates the work modern-day AMTs perform every day.