Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment

Military Flight Students

Military Students, below is a summary of the aviation flight costs associated with military students flying at Lewis University.  We are a fully accredited, deemed approved flight school by the VA, with the Private Pilot all the way to CFI being covered using Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (limitations apply).  Please call Roman Ortega Jr at (815) 836-5339 or ortegaro@lewisu.edu if you would like to have your career take flight with Lewis University.

The Lewis University Flight requirements are as follows:

  • The Aviation Flight Management Degree requires each student to obtain a Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Multi-engine Pilot’s license as well as Certified Flight Instructor Airplane, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and Certified Flight Instructor Multi-engine Instructor licenses.

  • Students Minoring in Aviation Flight Management are required to obtain a Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, and Commercial Pilot’s License.

  • The Aviation Flight Management Associates requires each student to obtain a Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Multi-Engine Pilot’s License.

  • The Unmanned Aerial Systems Degree requires each student to obtain a Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, and Commercial Pilot’s License.

2016-17 hourly aircraft and instructor rates are as follows:

License Aircraft / Instructor
per License
Hourly Cost
Private Pilot C172R $159
Private Pilot / Instrument C172S $174
Commercial C182RG $195
Commercial Piper Arrow $195
Multi-Engine Piper Seminole $310
Instrument Simulator $65
Private Pilot Primary Instructor $53
Training after Private Pilot Advanced Instructor $58


The required FAA minimum training hours are as follows:

  • The maximum amount of flight training that the VA has agreed to pay is the equivalent to the minimums stated below (if applicable).

    License Flight Simulator Ground Minimum Total Cost
    Private C172R 50   50 $13,250
    Private C172S 50   50 $14,000
    Instrument 28 7 30 $9,097
    Commercial 75   35 $21,005
    Multi-Engine 12.5   10 $5,180
    CFI-A (C182RG) 30   40 $9,910
    CFI-I (C172S) 30   20 $8,120
    CFI-M (Piper Seminole) 30   20 $12,200

  • One hour of flight is equivalent to the hourly rate of the aircraft in addition to the hourly rate for the instructor.

  • One hour of Simulator is equivalent to the hourly rate of the simulator in addition to the hourly rate of the instructor.

All Flight students, including student veterans, are required to purchase the following documents from the Lewis University Flight School. The VA has agreed to pay all mandatory fees for student veterans utilizing VA educational benefits (if applicable).

Documents Cost   Purchase Requirement
Pilot’s Logbook $12.95 During Private Pilot Training Only
Aircraft Operating Handbook $69 Per Each Aircraft / Rating
Aeronautical Charts $33 Every year Per Each
Aircraft Checklists $20 Aircraft / Rating