Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Blog
Want to earn your wings? Flying can be an exciting, adventurous hobby—or a challenging career path. If you’re researching flight schools and pilot training programs, you’ll want to pick a school that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You will see programs listed as “Part 61” or “Part 141”. These refer to two sections of Federal Aviation Regulations that govern pilot training programs. You can enroll in either type of program to become a private or commercial pilot. However, each program has a different structure and requirements for completion before you take your licensing exams. Part 61 Training Programs Training courses covered under FAR Part 61 cover all of the basics that pilots need to know in order to take their FAA Knowledge and Practical exams. They are a best fit program for those who wish to become private or hobby aviators, although it is possible to prepare for commercial licensing exams in a Part 61 program. The main benefits of Part 61 programs include:
The main disadvantage of Part 61 programs is the fact that you cannot pay for them with Financial Aid from the Government. Additionally, the flexible nature of schedules in a Part 61 program mean it may take longer to complete your courses than it would in a Part 141 program. Part 141 Training Programs Part 141 training programs are subject to approval and inspection by the FAA. In a Part 141 training program, the school’s syllabus, facilities, and instructors are all monitored and checked by the FAA. This accreditation process makes the programs eligible to accept financial aid and student loans as payment. The advantages of training with a Part 141 school include:
As a result, Part 141 training programs are a best fit for students who want to train full-time to begin an aviation career.