Trend Vector Aviation International, Inc. offers flight instruction under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 141 and Part 61. Students may choose to enroll in either program based on individual goals and needs. The objective of flight training under Part 141 and Part 61 is the same: to earn your license. All students regardless of whether they train under Part 141 or Part 61 must pass the same knowledge and practical exams to earn their certificates. The difference between Part 141 and Part 61 is the training environment and experience. Part 141 is very structured and less flexible. Part 61 is flexible but less structered. To help you decide which kind of training is best for you, here is an explanation of each type of training.
What is FAR Part 61 Certification?
Part 61 –The flexible, at-your-own-pace style
Flight schools providing training under Part 61 offer a flexible (less structured) training program. The syllabus is not approved by the FAA, and instructors have lots of leeway in rearranging lesson plans and tailoring training to suit students. However, the student must still pass the same knowledge and practical tests required for students training under Part 141. Students training under Part 61 do not have to complete any formal ground school and are free to choose their method of study (home study, tutoring, etc.) as long as they pass the required tests. Oversight of Part 61 flight schools by the FAA is much less compared to Part 141 schools. This means that students training under Part 61 require slightly more minimum training hours to receive their certificates.
What this means for you:
Training under Part 61 gives you flexibility during training. You and your instructor can rearrange the order of training lessons to suit your needs as long as you pass the required knowledge and practical tests. Training under Part 61 helps those with busy schedules who are unable to schedule regular flight training. If you prefer a more relaxed and less structured training program, training under Part 61 is for you.