Which airline will get a $500 million aviation fellowship?
GUILLOTINE, Mexico — The Guerrilla Aviation Fellowship Program is receiving an unprecedented amount of funding, but its origins are still a mystery.
Guillotine’s Guerrilla Flight is a flight fellowship program that seeks to encourage the development of innovative aviation solutions to address the global challenges posed by the global pandemic.
The fellowship program is administered by the Department of Defense and is available to pilots who have successfully completed the flight training program and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
The Guerrilla flight program began in the early 1990s and was expanded into its current incarnation in 2015 with a $50 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
It has now received $500,000 in funding from the Pentagon.
Guerrilla Aviation Director of Strategic Affairs David Nance said the program was created to encourage and assist flight instructors, pilots and others in the aviation industry to improve their skills and capabilities to meet emerging global challenges.
He said the fellowship program was formed to increase the visibility of aviation for pilots who would otherwise struggle to find funding for their aviation training.
“We’re hoping to get $500 to $1,000 per hour and $250 to $500 per hour,” Nance told CBS News.
The Department of Defence provided a $100,000 grant for the program in 2019, according to Nance.
The Department of State also provided a similar amount in 2019.
“There are two things you can do with this,” Nances told CBS.
“You can do a grant to support the flight program or you can make it available to anybody who wants to do it.”
The government program is funded by a $250 million grant, the Department the State Department has $250,000 and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has $150,000.
The $500 a month stipend was awarded to a group of pilots in the United States, according a Department of Transportation statement.
The stipend is for a minimum of two years and is funded through a combination of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the FAA and the U