The FAA has committed $5 million to its new Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grant Program. The program is designed to expand the pilot workforce and help high school students receive training to become pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators. The program also prepares teachers to train students for jobs in the aviation industry.
The unveiling of this program follows the unveiling of a similar program for aviation maintenance technicians.
In Fiscal Year 2020, Congress appropriated $5 million to create and deliver a training curriculum to address the projected shortage of aircraft pilots. Eligible groups can apply for grants from $25,000 to $500,000.