Understanding the Different Types of Flight School


Airplane Cockpit

Airplane Cockpit

A Flight school can fall under two categories: part 61 and part 141. These two types of schools operate under different sections of the FAA regulations. The most common flight schools are the part 61 ones and they are mostly preferred by recreational pilots in acquiring their license. This is however no excuse for you not to learn everything about flying and pass the practical and written examinations. Part 61 schools have a set of skills that a student must acquire before taking the exam. However, there is no particular curriculum followed; each flight school sets its own curriculum based on the requirements of the FAR/AIM manual.


For part 242 schools, the curriculum is taught according to strict rules set by the FAA. These rules are very specific and even outline the number of instructors that must be assigned to a student. The curriculum cover everything that you will need to know how to fly well but it is taught is a direct and defined route. Moreover, the FAA carries out progress checks along the way to ensure that the set teaching guidelines are being followed.

Part 141 schools are advantageous because you will learn for fewer hours before you can take your practical flying test. In the schools, 35 hours is enough for you to take your exams while part 61 schools require you to have 40 flying hours.  The average flight hours that most students attain before they can take the exam is 50 hours.

When choosing between the two types of flying schools, you have to consider a number of things. For instance, are the instructions passion and willing to teach you how to fly, or are they just there because it’s their work. Also, consider the type of aircrafts available in the flight school, what are the goals of your Certified Flight Instructor, among other things.


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