Part 141

What is the difference between Part 61 and 141?

Certification of pilots is regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 14 - Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 61. The FAA developed a set of requirements that must be met by the applicant prior to eligibility for certification. The requirements generally include a minimum age, minimum flight experience or training, and specific training tasks. Certain flight schools seek certification by the FAA to allow for a more structured learning environment with better documentation and a pre-established training syllabus. If approved, the school becomes certificated by the FAA and follows the rules set forth by the Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 141.

With this certification, the FAA allows the students to become eligible for their licenses with lower required minimums and, hence, lower total cost to the student. At Marcair, the Private, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot training courses are conducted under the rules of Part 141. Yet, certain circumstances, such as previous flight experience or training commitment of the pilot candidate may call for flight training to be conducted under Part 61 with different eligibility requirements for the respective pilot certificate. However, there is absolutely no change in the syllabus or the quality of the flight training. The benefits become especially apparent if the student is pursuing a professional career in aviation. For instance, the requirements for the Private through Commercial Licenses decrease from 250 hours total flight time under Part 61 to only 190 hours total flight time for Part 141. This results in significant reduction of cost and training time for the student.