The Two Types of Flight Schools: Part 61 & Part 141


ah flight school if you want to become
an airline pilot you’re doing research on different types of flight schools and
you’re hearing terms like part 61 part 141 restricted ATP and it may have you
feeling like every school is gonna be claiming they have the best route and
the best program and the best way for you to complete your flight training in
this video I’m going to break down the different types of flight schools and
how they work coming up hey 74 crew welcome back if you don’t
know me my name is Kelsey I’m a 747 pilot my channel 74 gear is all about
aviation so whether you’re a pilot or an aviation enthusiast consider subscribing
in this video I’m breaking down the different types of flight schools they
are part 61 part 141 what a restricted ATP means and the benefits of the two
different types of schools why are those my only two options let’s
get into it now before we break down each of the
different types of schools there’s a couple of terms that I need to make sure
you understand so we’re all on the same page commercial pilot license your
commercial pilot license is what allows you to fly and earn money if you have
your commercial license you can charge for flying a plane for photography
whatever it is that is what allows you to earn money while you fly ATP your ATP
airline transport pilot is what allows you to be a pilot at the airlines CFR
that’s code of federal regulations those are the rules laid out by the government
that we all have to abide by FA our Federal Aviation Regulations you’ll hear
of a book called the flooring that’s a for Federal Aviation Regulations aim’d
aeronautical information man those are basically all the rules of which as a
pilot you have to fly by and that’s what’s gonna save you from getting in
trouble and then part when you hear part 61 or part 141 that is the section of
that book which breaks down what is applicable to us as pilot you’ll hear
part 61 that’s part 61 of that extremely large book I’ll put a link to it in the
description below if you ever want to go and buy it I’ll put a link to it down
there it’s something you’re gonna have to get when you get to flight school
anyways it’s basically all the rules of which you need to say in a trouble when
you’re flying now that’s cleared up let’s get into the flight schools here
are the numbers for part 61 if you go to a part 61 school you can get your
commercial pilot license with 250 hours and you qualify for your ATP with 1500
hours assuming you meet all the flight
requirements that are listed for getting those licenses I’ll put the section of
the manual that has those regulations up here a part 61 school is going to be
less structured meaning you can do your flight school on the weekend you can do
your ground school with your friends or an online training program however you
want to do it assuming you get the knowledge however
you want to go about getting it a instructor can then sign you off saying
you’ve completed the ground portion assuming that you complete that section
you can take the written and go on with your training the same is applicable for
with your flying you’re able to break it up in pieces if you want to fly only on
the weekends or at night or you have limited time of which you can complete
your flight school at a part sixty one school is gonna allow that flexibility
in the speed of what you’re learning and when you’re able to take those lessons
so part sixty one is a lot more flexible if you need that flexibility as you go
to your flight training because work or home life are different schedules or you
feel that going through a structured program may move too fast for you part
61 is the variation that allows you to complete that in a more flexible manner
part 141 is a structured program that means it has a laid out plan from the
FAA and the order of which things need to be done which is basically the
syllabus that’s laid out the schools have to follow that and they are
monitored by the FAA to make sure that people are successfully passing their
training at an acceptable number so the numbers for a 141 school are you can get
your commercial pilot license with 190 hours and you can go to the airline’s
with either a thousand 1250 or 1500 hours say wow it gets a little bit more
complex when you get into that if you go with a thousand or 1,250 hours you get
what’s known as a restricted ATP which I’ll explain later on this video just
qualify for the thousand hours it and I’ll put the regulation of which it’s in
that forum book I’ll put it right up here but it says you must complete sixty
semester credit hours of aviation or aviation related coursework and
completes flight training in a 141 program you have universities out there
that have aviation programs some examples would be
Ohio State University every riddle Purdue University Arizona State
University we were gonna get so much ass here it’s gonna be sick
I’m talking like crazy like boyband ass University of North Dakota there’s a
bunch of different programs out there that had these aviation programs that
are approved by the FAA and if you do they’re 141 flight training program and
you complete the 60 semester credit hours doing that program you can get a
restricted ATP with a thousand hours as long as you meet the flight requirements
I listed in that CFR which I talked about earlier and you complete your
four-year degree there now if you complete 30 hours of aviation or
aviation related coursework in one of those programs and end up with your
associate’s degree and you complete a 141 training program you can get your
restricted ATP with 1,250 hours so that’s a restricted ATP with 1,250 hours
and if you go through a 141 school and just strictly do this school and none of
the additional school work you will be qualified for your ATP at 1500 hours
essentially what that means is if it had a thousand hours you met the flight
requirements you go to the airline’s and you pass your check ride and if you
watch my video on passing check rides you should pass your check ride when you
get your license it will say restricted ATP and that limits you to not being a
captain at the airline which is fine once you hit your 1500 hours you fill
out some paperwork and then you’re able to get your restrict ATP lifted and you
get a regular ATP just like everybody else so to sum it up your part 61
schools you’re gonna get your commercial license at 250 hours and your ATP at
1500 hours your part 141 schools you’ll get your commercial license at 190 hours
and you’ll qualify for your ATP at either a thousand 1250 or 1500 hours and
that kind of sums up the two different types of flight schools and how you
qualify for each different ones now that I’ve broken down the types of flight
schools in a later video I’m going to address how to pick the flight school
that best fits for your needs so if you like this video hit the like and
subscribe button and the Bell notification that way when I publish
that video you can see it in the comments below let me know would you
rather do a part 61 school or a part 141 school I look forward to hearing from
you until then keep the blue side up


26 Responses

  1. Abdul

    February 12, 2019 1:42 pm

    I'm just about to get back to college and I want to pursue my CPL. Please advise me on what to do, if to go back to college or go straight to a flight school and start from there. I know you might be thinking that I see career advisors but I feel like they would want profit for the school not something that would help me reach my aim quickly. I'm not ready to waste money on some unnecessary mandatory class in college is why I'm asking. What do I do from here, please answer ASAP.

  2. Brian Rouska

    March 9, 2019 10:23 am

    I'm going through a part 141 school now. What I have noticed so far is that the students who transfer in from a part 61 with their private certificate already, are struggling through instrument and commercial. They end up paying as much as the 141 because of the repeated courses and flights. I don't know what the curriculum is for 61, though I do know that the FAA requirements are the same. however, the knowledge retained from those transfer students is low. Just remember, regardless which part you choose, what you don't know can kill you up there. So study hard and retain as much as possible in all your course and flight training.

  3. Gene C

    March 29, 2019 5:52 am

    Hi Kelsey, I'm 51, have 10 hours of glider flying experience, I'm putting together a plan to finish some training for my PPL. Not sure what I''ll do with it. Going to watch the second video, and I'll comment with my plan there for your feedback.

    Really like your videos!

  4. Jorge Castro

    April 3, 2019 7:00 pm

    Do you need a bachelors degree to be an airlines pilot? If so, does it have to be aviation related?

  5. Jin

    May 10, 2019 10:53 pm

    Hey Kelsy…. thank you for the good information. You are helping my dream. I live in North Carolina and there is a local flying club (Wings of Carolina) that offer PPL, CPL, and instrument rating….. The costs seem vastly cheaper than any flight school. Is learning with flying club a good idea?

  6. C172Pilotdude

    May 14, 2019 5:38 am

    Hey, what do you know about aircraft lease back to a flight school ? I am looking into older 172s and trying to find out how it works and if it could be profitable

  7. Alan

    June 11, 2019 6:01 pm

    And the airlines do they look higher of one of them or either of the two for they look at them both as for same

  8. Corey Jordan

    July 4, 2019 11:59 pm

    I will be attending "Northwest Flyers" in Schaumburg, IL in March 2020 And I can't wait. Great Location. and I have already took my introductory flight two years ago. And loved it.

  9. Dane Viehe

    July 5, 2019 3:15 am

    I remember almost all the regionals advertising for 1st officer positions at 500 hours tt and 50 multi engine 6 months before that regulation passed for the 1,500 or a restricted ATP. I missed the boat couldnt get the 20k in funding for other ratings but atleast the pay is up, pilot shortage and faster upgrades for everyone.

  10. Thanak Riche

    July 13, 2019 4:50 am

    Hey Kelsey, Thank you so very much brother, This video is very helpful to me. Now I understood Part 141 and 61. As you know I have always been following your Chanel to learn, to gain more sense of my passion. I have been doing my home works on which flight school to go to. Finally, it came down to 2 academies I selected. Now you help me out to choose which one to go with. Thank again brother. Stay safe KEEP THE BLUE SIDE UP.

  11. Erin K. Cleary-Parr

    July 31, 2019 5:55 am

    I’m planning on attending a Part 141 flight school, so that I can get the most out of my GI Bill.

  12. Submariner ROLEX

    August 3, 2019 1:14 am

    Good day kelsey! How much did it cost you to study flight training and how did you finance your studies? Thanks


    September 6, 2019 9:18 pm

    Hello Kelsey
    I think a part 61 because I am lonely interested in getting a private pilot license.
    This was a shorter video, I like the longer vids, cause I am very interested in what you talk about.

    All the best
    SHAUN of New York City

  14. Matt Swinden

    October 5, 2019 5:27 pm

    Hi Kelsey – I enjoy your videos – on a side note, I couldn't help but notice the YouTube Pilot creators, such as yourself, always seem to make these videos in the hotels on your trips. Goes to tell you what happens when you guys & gals are at the hotels on your layover.

    So I'm an old guy, (55) about to retire from the fire service and will looking for a 141 school to accelerate my pilot training…it should be fun. Ciao for now….


    October 6, 2019 9:26 am

    @74 Gear, If I was stuck to the US I would prefer a 141 school based on this video(all about pain upfront for long term gain sooner than later)…. but I emailed you earlier this evening talking about this and at this point in time feel the world I fought in is now my oyster…. look forward to your email reply!


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