FAA Part 141
What is Part 141? FAA Part 141 flight schools are FAA approved and regulated. "Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certificated pilot schools are regulated in accordance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 141. Unlike pilot training conducted under 14 CFR part 61, part 141 pilot schools are required to use a structured training program and syllabus. Part 141 pilot schools may be able to provide a greater variety of training aids and require dedicated training facilities, flight instructor oversight, and FAA-approved course curricula."
Training Part 61 vs Part 141
Here at AFI, we train all of our students to 141 standards whether they are training under 61 or 141. To the student, there is no difference in training. The benefits to training under Part 141 is the reduced hour requirements in the Private, Instrument, and Commercial programs.
NOTE: Although the FAA Part 141 minimum hour requirement for the private pilot program is 35 hours of flight experience, the national average is 65 hours.