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Flight Training Instruction Differences Under Part 61 And Part 141 Flight Schools

Flight Training Instruction Differences Under Part 61 And Part 141 Flight SchoolsWhen you choose a flight school for your flight training, there are 2 types of flight schools to consider. Part 61 flight instruction or a Part 141 flight school.

While both types of flight instruction are perfectly legitimate methods of pilot training, there are advantages to receiving flight instruction from a Part 141 flight school. The main difference between a part 61 and a part 141 flight school is how the flight training is accomplished.

FAA’s book of rules and guidelines (FARS, which stands for federal aviation regulations) lists requirements and completion standards for the various pilot licenses a student can acquire. You simply need to decide which type of flight school and training environment will be best for you.

FAA Part 61 Flight Schools

Flight schools that operate under rules governed by FAR 61 are granted more flexibility than part 141 schools. Under part 61, the FAA does not require the flight instructor’s curriculum to follow a syllabus. While they must adhere to the educational requirements (what needs to be covered) of the FAA, instructors can choose when and where to cover required materials based on student progress.

Students of a part 61 flight school are not required to complete a formal ground school program. If they wish, students can complete home study courses, or simply review material with a qualified flight instructor. Although not required to complete any formal ground school training, part 61 students must still pass the FAA practical exam for the license they are training for.

FAA Part 141 Flight Schools

Flight schools operating under part 141 train within a more structured environment than their part 61 counterparts. Under part 141, flight schools must operate with an FAA approved syllabus. Instructors and students must adhere to the approved syllabus throughout the entire training. Periodically, a student will take stage checks administered by either the chief flight instructor or his/her designees. Students are also required to complete a certain number of hours of classroom instruction or one-on-one ground instruction with a flight instructor. As in a part 61 school, students must pass the FAA practical exam for the license they are training for.

Because part 141 schools operate under a more structured environment than part 61 schools, the FAA requires fewer flight training hours in a part 141 school versus a part 61 school. For example, the FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours to obtain a private pilot license through a part 61 school vs. the 35 minimum flight hours for part 141 schools. The hour difference may be insignificant in some cases. The national average indicates that most students require 65 to 70 hours of flight training before the instructor and student feels ready for the private pilot flight exam. Another example of the hour difference is in the commercial pilot license requirement. Part 61 requires 250 hours of flight time while part 141 has a minimum of 190 flight hours.  Source

Flight School Comparison
Fewer Flight Training Hours

The main advantage to training with a Part 141 flight school is that good students can progress quickly. Under Part 141, students can gain certificates with fewer hours in the airplane. For example, a private pilot certificate requires 40 flight hours under Part 61, but only 35 hours under Part 141. In addition, the commercial pilot certificate can be accomplished in just 190 flight hours at a Part 141 school, as opposed to 250 hours under Part 61.

Flight Training Stable Curriculum

Part 141 flight schools have a strictly defined training environment. These flight programs are typically created for the career-minded pilot and offer a curriculum geared toward professionals. While both Part 61 and Part 141 are policed by same FAA standards, a Part 141 environment can operate more efficiently while training pilots toward a specific career path.

The FAA reviews Part 141 curriculum on a regular basis, checking for consistency, continuity and acceptable flight training practices.

Professional Flight Training Environment

The training environment at a Part 141 flight school is different from a Part 61 operation. First, a Part 141 school must operate with a certain degree of continuity. When a student completes one stage, they must be able to move immediately on to the next. Ground and flight training instructors must follow the same approved syllabus and same training standards, which makes learning from different instructors easy.

Second, Part 141 schools must maintain satisfactory performance rates. Without the FAA checking in on them constantly, Part 61 instructors aren’t always penalized for being sub-par. A high failure rate, for example, may go unnoticed. In a Part 141 environment, however, poor instruction is taken seriously and reviewed by the FAA to ensure a proper training environment.

Finally, the Part 141 training environment can be very fast-paced. Learning takes place quickly, and students must study consistently. But it also means that students at a Part 141 training school will see results and earn pilot certificates quickly, too. Source

Which type of flight school is best for you depends on your needs, available time, and other factors, such as veteran’s benefit eligibility (only Part 141 schools can qualify for VA-reimbursed training) and location. When it comes to the FAA checkride, which is the same for all, it doesn’t matter where you learned to fly, only how well—including your understanding of aviation academic material.

Although flight schools fall into two basic categories, Part 61 or Part 141, there is a third category that bears serious consideration by prospective pilots, particularly those planning a professional piloting career: nationally accredited pilot training institutions. Accredited flight schools must meet rigid standards of accountability for virtually every area of operation and must apply to an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FAA Approved Part 141 Aviator Flight School

For more than 31 years Aviator has been the leader in multi-engine flight training. We have provided over 5000 professional pilots to the airline industry, both nationally and worldwide, through our Professional Pilot Flight Training Programs. Our FAA-certified Part 141 approved flight programs provide students with the skills and experience demanded by today’s commercial aviation industry. Aviator is accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

Our Professional Pilot Program is set in a flight training, structured environment to ensure the student receives the knowledge that is required to be a professional pilot. This program is from 0 hours to over 250 hours, of which 200 hours will be multi-engine time. The program includes Private Pilot Single Engine through the Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate. Cross Country flying is coast-to-coast, if desired.

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When you choose Aviator, all flight training is logged in aircraft. Our Flight Training Devices (FTDs) are used for ground training purposes only. NO FTDs (SIMULATORS) ARE USED FOR FLIGHT TIME TOWARDS YOUR RATINGS!

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