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Chris VanMeter,
Commerce Twp., MI

Part 141 Flight Training

The most common distinction between part 141 and part 61 training programs is the minimum flight time required for the Private Pilot Certificate (sometimes called a pilot license)--40 hours under Part 61, and 35 hours under Part 141.


Part 141 Flight Schools may also offer flight training courses conducted under Part 61. However, Part 61 Flight Schools may not offer or conduct any flight training courses under the provisions of FAR Part 141.

DCT Aviation is a Part 141 Flight School


The following Part 141 Pilot Training courses are available:


 - Private Pilot

 - Instrument Rating

 - Commercial Pilot

 - Multi Engine Additional Rating


Part 141 schools must:


 - Be periodically audited by the FAA (no-notice inspections)

 - Develop and use detailed, FAA-approved training course outlines for each course

 - Conduct ground and flight lessons in a structured manner following an approved syllabus and lesson plans

 - Establish written safety practices and procedures for conducting flight training

 - Maintain very detailed training records for each student enrolled

 - Meet minimum student pilot performance rates. A minimum "pass" rate must be maintained.

 - Provide training aircraft that meet very stringent maintenance and safety standards. These aircraft must be made available to the FAA for inspection and are subject to inspection at any time, without notice.

 - Posses and maintain suitable, approved ground facilities


Advantages of Part 141 Flight Training


Part 141 flight training beyond the Private Pilot Certificate (Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Multi Engine Rating, etc.) provides some very important benefits when compared to the same courses taught at a Part 61 school. Earning these advanced certificates and ratings at a Part 141 school can provide a better quality of training, fewer training hours, and less cost. The advantages of completing these advanced courses at a Part 141 school include:


 - The Instrument Rating may be completed in 35 flight hours rather than the 40 flight hours required at a Part 61 school


 - You may enroll in and complete the Part 141 Instrument Rating course without the requisite 50 hours of Cross Country Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time required of Part 61 students


 - The Part 141 Commercial Pilot Course can be completed in a total of 120 hours. This means the minimum total time to become a Commercial Pilot at a Part 141 school is 190 hours rather than the 250 hours required at a Part 61 school


 - VA Benefits. The Veteran's Administration will provide benefits for flight training to qualified military veterans provided they attend a Part 141 flight school and are enrolled in approved Part 141 flight courses. VA will not provide any benefits for Part 61 flight courses.


Other Information


FAA Part 141 Pilot Schools

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