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    Pay at the FAA Academy

    Been strumming through the threads and tried finding the per diem rate at the academy for 2014, but had no luck. Anyone know what the rate will be? Also I'm assuming you get the FULL per diem rate no matter where you're actually staying correct? I know the question seems irrelivant at this point, but I got a cousin in the OKC area and he gots an extra room at his house so just trying to give him a heads up if I'll be staying with him or not (eventually). Also, maybe I'm blind but I can't find the pay scale chart on this site anymore either. Bottom line question, what's the pay rate for a VRA applicant at the academy + per diem. Am I gonna still be able to afford my Natty Lite?

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    It's like $91 a day 7 days a week per diem. Then you'll get the base pay of 17,803/yr + locality. Isola Bella is something like $46 bucks a day.

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice_cold656 View Post
    It's like $91 a day 7 days a week per diem. Then you'll get the base pay of 17,803/yr + locality. Isola Bella is something like $46 bucks a day.
    Damn isobela is like a house rental....

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    They do feed you...not sure about the quality though...

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    Isola Bella is $44/day through 1/5 and then the per diem rate of $52.20 which includes free Breakfast daily, free Diner Mon - Fri and free take out to go for those in night class. Isola Bella has a full time culinary staff; no boil in bag food. The menus are posted daily on the Isola Bella Facebook page and the Isola Bella web site.


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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    You'll get AG pay + locality as VRA at the academy. My checks were a little over $1,000/check after health insurance, TSP, etc. The per diems are filed once a month and are separate from the regular pay checks.

    I think the full per diem went up a few bucks for '14...around $95/day.

    If you stay with family/friends in OKC, you'll only get the meals/incidentals portion of the per diem (I think around $46/day) since the government is assuming you're staying there for free. To get the full per diem, you can have your cousin put out an ad on Craig's List, etc and then draft up a lease while you're at the academy. You'll have to show that the room was available to rent to the public to get the full per diem. I know a few people that stayed with friends and apparently they just had to file the "room for rent" ad and the lease and they got the full per diem...not sure if the rules have changed though.

    Or, you can stay wherever you want in OKC (not necessarily one of the main housing providers) so if you find a room to rent for cheaper than the going rate, you'll pocket the extra money.

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    Quote Originally Posted by Ice_cold656 View Post
    It's like $91 a day 7 days a week per diem. Then you'll get the base pay of 17,803/yr + locality. Isola Bella is something like $46 bucks a day.
    The $17k is for CTI and OTS, VRA gets $35k plus locality of your facility.

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    What NE said, VRA don't get paid AG at the academy ... VRA get D1 pay which is Base (35Kish) + Locality % + Per Diem = Total Pay.

    It will say it on your TOL what your pay rate is at the academy.

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    So sounds like I should get about 6k per month before deductions for the 3 months I'm there for enroute...90x30=2700, 36k/12=3000x1.14=3412....2700+3412=6112-deductions....Sound about right? If so, doesn't sound too shabby, especially for living with my cousin for pretty much free, thanks for the input...anyone know what happened to the pay scale though on the site?

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    Re: Pay at the FAA Academy

    Ya thats about right.. Need to do what RedBaron said inorder to get the full amount, but you have the right idea..

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