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Forces to Flyers Solicitation Information

Forces to Flyers is a new research initiative aimed at supporting military veterans who are interested in becoming commercial pilots.

Led by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and its Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, the three-year research initiative will examine strategies for employing military veterans as pilots in order to address our country’s commercial pilot shortage. Learn more in U.S. DOT’s press release.

About This Solicitation

This web page provides information about the Combined Synopsis/Solicitation No. 6913G618R200012, which was issued on March 12, 2018, on and closed on April 3, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

The Volpe Center is currently reviewing and evaluating proposals. The expected award date is May 14, 2018. Contract awards will be posted on

Veterans interested in participating in the Forces to Flyers demonstration initiative are encouraged to review the solicitation, solicitation attachments, and additional resources found below.

Information for Veterans Applying to F2F Flight Schools

Veterans who are interested in applying to flight schools to participate in the Forces to Flyers initiative should become familiar with the program description found in the solicitation, and are encouraged to prepare the information listed in the table below (marked “For Student Applicants”).

Flight schools that are selected to be part of the Forces to Flyers initiative will be announced in mid-May. At that point, veterans can contact the selected flight schools to inquire about applying for the program. For general questions on the F2F program, please submit them via email to

The schools selected will be responsible for sharing information on their application and enrollment procedures and will select students to participate in their programs.

Solicitation Attachments and Additional Resources


For Offerors (Flight Schools)

For Student Applicants (Veterans)

Appendix A: Proposal Pricing Schedule



Attachment 1: Monthly Progress Report Template



Attachment 2: Student Eligibility Statement



Attachment 3: Flight School Checklist for Student Eligibility



Attachment 4: Student Selection Sheet



Student Recommendation Letter Instructions


FAQs for Veterans X

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If you would like to receive updates on the Forces to Flyers research initiative, please email to be added to the mailing list.

Provide Feedback

Any member of the public is invited to provide voluntary feedback on the Forces To Flyers research initiative by emailing

Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2018