Part 61 or Part 141?

The original regulatory framework for pilot training was and is described in FAR Part 61.  This Part describes a training regimen in which the student has his or her primary relation with the instructor.  Best in Flight operates under Part 61.

Part 141 describes a school-standard training regimen with rigid syllabus that pairs specific book learning with specific flight lessons.  Part 141 training programs require that a student fly with a check airman before graduating from a module of study.  Training under Part 141 makes running a large school, especially one that is connected with a college, easier.  Since 1960, the FAA has granted Part 141 schools the ability to send a student to a check ride in only 35 hours instead of the 40 required for a Part 61 operation. The average Private Pilot candidate in the U.S. takes 65 hours to earn the Private Certificate, so the diference in the minimum requirements is not particularly meaningful. In the end, potential employers and insurance companies will ask only, "How many Pilot-In-Command hours do you have?" They never ask whether you studied under Part 141 or Part 61. Approximately 40% of students start in a Part 141 program. Most pilots graduate under a Part 61 program.

The graduate of either Part 61 and Part 141 programs earns exactly the same license.  In our experience, neither program has an advantage in the actual number of hours a student spends in the airplane training for the Private Pilot Certificate – as long as the student is diligent in his book work.  If you, the student, require a rigid structure to keep you on schedule with the book, then Part 141 is for you. At your request,we can use a Part 141 syllabus in your training. 

Best in Flight does not believe that one training program fits all students.  Our student pilots have differing schedules and training needs.   Our students are self motivated.  They need to be told only once that diligent study of the books prior to flying leads to quicker mastery of the airplane. The cockpit, after all, is the worst place to teach and learn theory.

Best in Flight instructors develop a close bonds with their students, and are able to offer suggestions for training methods that accelerate the learning process.  We like to think of this as a personal tutoring program.  You may think of your instructor as a personal trainer for flying.