schools are either certified under Part 61, Part 141,
of the Federal
Aviation Regulations (FARs).
Part 61 and Part 141 certified flight schools offer the same
basic training and require the same FAA exams. The major
is the flight training environment. Some students prefer
a structured flight training environment under Part 141 and
others prefer a
(less structured) flight training environment under Part
61. You can receive excellent flight training under both
Part 61 and
certified flight schools in which they have the same objective
– to help you earn your pilot
certificate(s) and rating(s).
Let’s review Part 61 and Part 141
in more details:
Flight schools certified under Part 61 offer a flexible
(less structured) training program in which their training
syllabus is not subject to FAA approval. Part 61 flight
schools allow instructors to rearrange lesson plans to suit
the individual needs of their students. However, they must
adhere to the requirements under the FARs and train their
students to the standards of Part 61.
Training under Part 61 does not require
students to complete a formal ground school. Students have
the options of attending a ground school course, home-study
program, or hiring an instructor to review and teach any
materials they are having problems understandings. However,
all students must pass the FAA Knowledge and Practical Tests
for the particular certificate or rating. The regulations
governing a flight school under FAR Part 61 are less strict
than schools operating under FAR Part 141, and therefore
require more minimum flight hours to obtain your certificate
Flight schools certified under Part 141 provide a structured
training program with a standardized training syllabus approved
by the FAA. This ensures that all necessary skills are taught
in a specific order through lesson plans. Students are also
required to complete a specific number of hours of formal
ground instruction in a classroom or one on one with a certificated
flight instructor, and pass the FAA Knowledge and Practical
Flight schools must obtain approval from
the FAA and adhere to several FAA regulations in order to
maintain their Part 141 certification. Part 141 certification
requires: an approved flight training syllabus for each
course, instructor standardization, stage checks and exams
given by the Chief Flight Instructor or his/her assistants,
and regular FAA inspections of school facilities, aircrafts,
simulators and training devices. Detailed records for each
student’s progress are also kept, in which periodic
inspections are conducted by the FAA.
Since flight schools certified under Part
141 must adhere to FAA regulations, their students are allowed
to complete the pilot certificate or rating in fewer flight
training hours as compared to Part 61 flight schools. However,
most students will exceed the minimum flight hours to meet
the proficiency standards to pass the practical test.
Private Pilot Certificate may be achieved in 35 hours
of flight time under Part 141 rather than 40 hours under
Part 61. This difference may be insignificant for a
Private Pilot Certificate because the national average
indicates most pilots require 60 to 75 hours of flight
training to earn this certificate.
Commercial Pilot Certificate may be achieved in 190
hours of flight time under Part 141 rather than 250
hours under Part 61.
note: Do your homework by reaching various
flight schools (link - Choosing a Flight School), meeting
with potential instructor(s), and talking to current students
at each school by asking them about their training experiences.
Each flight school should follow a syllabus. During your
visit to a flight school, ask for an outline of their training
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