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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can issue a Commercial Pilot Certificate, an instrument rating, or a type rating with the appropriate aircraft category and class to military pilots and former military pilots of the U.S. Armed Forces based on military pilot qualifications.

In order to obtain a pilot certificate the transitioning service member or veteran must

  1. Register with the IACRA and submit an Airman Certificate/Rating Application 

  2. Locate an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and

  3. Provide evidentiary documentation to support military pilot experience such as:

    1. An official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order of flight status as a rated military pilot

    2. An official U.S. Armed Forces form or logbook showing flight status as a rated military pilot

    3. An official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order showing graduation from a U.S. Armed Forces undergraduate pilot training school and receipt of a rating qualification as a military pilot

    4. An official U.S. Armed Forces record showing that the pilot passed a pilot proficiency check and instrument proficiency check in an aircraft as a military pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces e. U.S. Air Force Individual flight crew record (computer printout) or AF Form 8, Certificate of Aircrew Qualification

    5. U.S. Army Form DA-759, Individual Flight Record and Flight Certificate Army

    6. U.S. Coast Guard OPNAVFORM 3710-31, Aviators Flight Log Book; verification of Instrument qualification is located in the section designated “Qualification and Achievements”

    7. U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy OPNAVFORM 3760-31, Aviators Flight Logbook, OPNAV 3710/2, NATOPS Instrument Rating Request, or OPNAV 3760/32 (REV 4-81), NATOPS Flight Personnel Training and Qualification Jacket

  4. Locate a Designated Pilot Examiner and take the Military Competency test. Select “MCFPE” when searching for a pilot examiner

*Applications can be submitted to either the FSDO or DPE. Additional fees may apply


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To review FAA regulation related to pilot certification based on military pilot qualifications, click HERE.

Louisville Kentucky FSDO

10200 Forest Green Boulevard, Suite 310

Louisville, KY 40223

(502) 753-4200

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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The basis for military competency to commercial pilot considers equivalent training and experience during the years of active military service. When a transitioning service member chooses to obtain a civilian pilot’s license with a different rating than that of what he/she flew while in the service, additional flight training would be required.


For example, if a career C130 pilot for a fixed-wing aircraft decides to get their civilian helicopter pilot certification, they would need to seek additional training. Similarly, if a military pilot wishes to teach as a civilian Certified Flight Instructor having never taught while in the service, that individual would also need to seek additional training. For these and similar instances, KY VALLO has teamed up with NexGen Aviation to offer the additional training. For more information regarding this pathway to licensure, refer to our Pilot, Standard Pathway illustration.


Pilot - Standard Pathway

Count Flight Experience towards an FAA Pilot Certification!!


An individual must have an active FAA pilot certification in order to operate an aircraft. NEXGEN Aviation Inc. offers transitioning service members (TSM) who were previously pilots in the U.S. military, an accelerated pathway to licensure by awarding TSMs with credit for flight time gained in the military. Number of hours and training credited will be evaluated on a case by case basis dependent on type of aircraft (fixed-wing airplane, helicopter, tilt rotor, etc), years of experience, and number of flight hours. TSMs will need to present their logbook to the course instructor for review. Upon review of flight and training hours, respective credits will be applied, and the student will be guided through remaining qualifications for licensure. NEXGEN training is a “work at your own pace” program. Students are able manage their own schedule and may progress through the program as quickly as remaining flight hours and training objectives are met. 

What else does NEXGEN offer?

Stage Checks 


Ground School

Simulator Program

Rental for Practical Test


Hour Requirements by Licensure Type

  • Private Pilot (35 hours)

  • Instrument (190 hours)

  • Commercial (120 hours)

  • Multi-Engine endorsement (additional 10 hours)

  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI and CFI II)

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​*Hours received are based on FAA minimum standards.

Minimum Requirements

  • Veterans may be required to take Part 141

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Be able to read, speak, and understand English 

  • Minimum 3rd class medical certificate

  • Classifications may vary based on certification types.

  • Receive flight training hours

  • Pass written and practical tests

NexGen offers a variety of aircraft to practice in. Currently they have:

  • Diamond DA 20

  • Dimond DA 40

  • CTLS Lite Sport

  • Piper Twin Comanche

Minimum Requirements

  • Private Pilot License -- $8,962.50+

  • Instrument Rating -- $8,477.50+

  • Commercial Rating -- $20,161.50+

  • Multi-Engine Rating -- $3,640.00+

(Costs for pilot certifications are based on the minimum FAA requirements and are subject to change.)

  • Instructor courses vary between $2,735.00 – $5,170.00 depending on the type of certification

  • Professional Pilot Package + ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) -- between $45,506.50 – $54,717.00

  • Package includes:

    • Private, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot Licenses 

    • Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) & CFI-Instrument

    • Multi-Engine & Multi Engine Instructor

    • Headset

Nexgen Aviation Inc, LLC

4144 Aviator Road, Suite 100

Lexington, KY 40510



For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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