Part 141 vs Part 61



Vermont Flight Academy currently provides flight training under both sets of FAA training regulations (the Federal Aviation Regulations), FAR part 141 and FAR part 61.

PART 141

In VFA’s part 141 school, a student can complete the Private Certificate, the Instrument Rating, and the Commercial Certificate.

Minimum Hour Requirements:

  • Private Pilot Certificate: 35 hours flight, 35 hours ground
  • Instrument Rating: 35 hours flight, 30 hours ground
  • Commercial Certificate: 120 hours flight, 35 hours ground

The advantages of FAR 141 training include:

  • a detailed course syllabus providing key benchmarks for both students and instructors
  • a highly efficient path to attaining flight proficiency in a shorter time span
  • reduced flight training hour requirements towards certificates and ratings
  • comprehensive and attentive ground training in preparation for FAA written, oral, and practical exams
  • high regard in professional aviation education, and is mandated for all college degree programs and Veteran and GI-Bill benefits

Combined with our staff of highly experienced pilots, our 141 training is an excellent way to start your aviation career.  To maximize the efficiency of any FAA Part 141 training course, it is recommended that students fly 3-4 times per week if possible.

PART 61

We are also happy to instruct under FAR Part 61 as dictated by the needs of our students.  Students who may have limited time to fly can certainly work just as well under the Part 61 regulations and requirements.

Minimum Hour Requirements:

  • Private Pilot Certificate: 40 hours logged flight, no specific ground minimum (either logged training with an instructor or a home study course)
  • Instrument Rating: 50 hours x-country flight, 40 hours logged instrument flight, no specific ground minimum (either logged training with an instructor or a home study course)
  • Commercial Certificate: 250 hours logged flight, no specific ground minimum (either logged training with an instructor or a home study course)

All flight training done while in pursuit of the Vermont Technical College BS Degree in Aviation must fall under FAR Part 141. Furthermore, all students with VA or GI-Bill benefits must complete flight training in the part 141 school.