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Finding The Right Flight School – Flight Training 101

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So first off let’s lay down some of the FAA requirements for obtaining your license.

141 vs 61 Flight Schools

141 Flight School

So, to make it easy 141 schools are strict curriculum schools that follow a lesson guideline. Often these are structured programs that have scheduled classes and meetings. 141 schools are very reminiscent of a college class or program when it comes to flight training!

Now the main benefit of why you’d want to choose this kind of school is the hour requirements. For 141 schools certain hour requirements are cut for your more advanced training.

Heres what the FAR/AIM states,

section of 14 CFR § 61.65 states that you must log the following hours:

  • Fifty (50) hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which 10 hours must be in an airplane AND:
  • Forty (40) hours of actual or simulated instrument time, of which 15 hours must be received from an authorized instructor who holds an instrument-airplane rating.

However, these requirements are under part 61! The main difference between the two is that under Part 141, the minimum instrument hours requirement is 35 hours and there is no requirement for cross-country flight time.


  • Shorter hours to complete more advanced training.
  • Strict schedules for trainees may be more conducive to learning.
  • Generally, a faster training process

Now, this is probably the most important question/topic when choosing a flight school as this alters the requirements.

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