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What is the difference between Part 61 and Part 141?
AOPA Staff Answer
Flight schools commonly come in two varieties – those operating under part 61 or those operating under part 141. Part 61 schools are called simply flight schools or flight training facilities. They can range from a single instructor/single aircraft to many instructors and aircraft. There is no direct FAA oversight. Part 141 schools are properly called pilot schools. Their curriculum is approved by the local FAA FSDO, they have a chief instructor overseeing all training, FAA operating certificate, and all student flights must be recorded in a training record. All part 141 pilot schools are assigned an FAA inspector who has direct oversight of the school. A substantial benefit is a reduction of flight hours required for certificates and ratings over part 61 flight schools.