Part 61 vs Part 141 Flight School

Part 61 vs Part 141 Flight School

Part 61 vs Part 141 Flight School is the question that many potential students have when deciding what Flight School they choose. There are advantages to both, either may work better for certain people and specific situations. US Aviation Academy is primarily a Part 141 Flight School that has self-testing authority; from Private Pilot to Multi-Engine Instructor!

The Core Differences Part 61 vs Part 141 Flight School:

Part 61 Flight Schol
    • Less Structure
    • No Ground School
    • No Stage Checks
    • Must Use Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)
    • Can take up to 60 days to get on the schedule!
Part 141 Flight School
    • FAA Approved Curriculum
    • Ground School Required
    • Several Stage Checks and Mock Check Ride
    • Can Use Internal Check Airmen
    • Can be scheduled within a few days
    • We must maintain above an 80% first-time success rate

Part 141 Vocational vs Part 141 Collegiate

For Veterans, because Private Pilot Certificate is not covered by the VA, they can conduct their Private Pilot Flight Training Part 61, but it is highly advised to still conduct the training Part 141. For 141 Training, they have the option to train Vocationally or Collegiate:
Part 141 Flight School – Vocational
    • Quicker – Start the next training immediately
    • Limited Funding – Only up to $15,000 per year
    • Funding – Reimbursement Based
    • Out-of-Pocket Cost – High
    • Housing Allowance – None
    • Other Sources for FundingPrivate Loans
Part 141 Flight School Collegiate
    • Paced – Must wait for the semester to start
    • Expanded Funding – Up to $50,000 per year.
    • Funding – Lump Sum per Certificate
    • Out of Pocket Cost – Minimal to none
    • Housing Allowance – Yes
    • Other Sources for FundingSTEM Extension, VR&E, FAFSA

International Part 141 Flight School

International Students must conduct all of their Flight Training Part 141. There is no option but to follow our strict FAA curriculum to ensure the highest quality of instruction and the best Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot to return to their home country!

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