Joe Gilley

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Joe Gilley - I I. ' I t.- gets VA a Henry Jori. chief pilot...
I I. ' I t.- gets VA a Henry Jori. chief pilot aifdco- ownfcr of Smith Air of Ukiah, has announced that his flight instruction school at th^' Ukiah airport has been approved by the Veteran's Administration, Under the VA's program, any veteran who qualifies, and who already has a. private pilot's license, may goon ahd train for . his commercial pilot's license, instrument rating and flight instruction rating at only 10 per cent of the regular cost. The VA will pay the additional 90 per cent. In order to get the VA approval, Smith flight school had , to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and by the state departitient of education. The-school had to submit the curriculum to both the state and federal agencies- two years prior to. receiving ][heir;qualific^tidh from the VA. • jf a flight' school is not. approved by the VA, it takes a minimum of 200 hours for a private licensed pilot to gain a • commercial license. Under.the l^mith flight sch^l, it lakes only 160 hourj. of proper training. The charge of getting a commercial license, foi* in- stiance, Would cost a non- veteran approximately $2,470 for both ground and flight instruction. A,veteran, approved by the VA now will only have to pay $247. \ The Smith Air flight schbol; organized in .1950, is cp-oWned by Jori and his wife, Meta, and. brothers Oscar and Martin Smith, all pilots. .Chief training pilots for the school are Joe Gilley and Boyd Hire. In addition to the flight instruction school. Smith Air has been involved in the sheriff's air patrol and is contracted by the California State Division of Forestry to patrol the county for fire protection. Until now the closest'school where a pilot could, receive (raining under the veteran's approved program was iii Santa Rosa. s . Additional information on the veteran's program can be obtained by calling SiT ((lth<lAir at 462^132, or by caUing Gilley at his hom^ after 6 p.m. at 462- iiiiP fillpii iisi SMITH FLIGHT INSTpUCTOpS — Boyd Hire., left, and Joe Gilley, flight instructors for the Smith Air Flight School, stand in front of the Cessna 150 to be used in training pilots for iiieir commercial license. Srtith Air. has ropontlv rpoeivprt aiiprovar to offer flight training under the Veteran's, Administration program. Both HirieCand Gilley received their comniercial licenses, instrument and flight instructioil ratijijgs) with the help of the VA program. ^Jou^al photo by Graham. McDonnell will build 1 59|(G. new missile prdtpt^pc^

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  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 29 Feb 1972, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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  • Joe Gilley

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