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Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Program

General Grant Program Information

To address the shortage of commercial, general aviation, drone, and military pilots, FAA’s Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Program provides funding to support projects that generate interest in and prepare students for careers as aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators, as well the creation and delivery of new and existing curriculum designed to provide high school students with this education and the educators’ training. 

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State Governments; Local Governments; Transportation Providers and Operators; Academic and Research Institutions; Job Training Applicants
Eligible Activities:
Equipment and Materials; Operations and Maintenance; Technical Assistance, Workforce Development, and Training/Education
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USDOT / Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Eligibility Information

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  1. An air carrier, as defined in 49 U.S.C. 40102, or a labor organization representing aircraft pilots; 
  2. An accredited institution of higher education (as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 [20 U.S.C. 1001]) or a high school or secondary school (as defined in section 7801 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 [20 U.S.C. 7801]); 
  3. A flight school that provides flight training, as defined in 14 CFR part 61, or that holds a pilot school certificate under 14 CFR part 141
  4. A State or local governmental entity; or 
  5. An organization representing aircraft users, aircraft owners, or aircraft pilots.

Eligible Projects

Only projects that fall into one or more of the below categories will be eligible for award:

  1. Projects that create and deliver curriculum* designed to provide high school students with meaningful aviation education that is designed to prepare the students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators; or 
  2. Projects that support the professional development of teachers using the curriculum described above.

[*] The proposed project may utilize an applicant’s existing training curriculum as well, provided that such curriculum is consistent with the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

Funding Information

The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Program provides $5 million annually to a minimum of 10 proposals, with individual awards ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 per grant.

There is no cost-sharing or matching requirement for this grant.

Contact Information

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