Most flight schools are regulated by Part 61, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, otherwise known as Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. FAR Part 61 prescribes the requirements for issuing pilot certificates and ratings, the conditions under which they are required, and the privileges and limitations of those certificates and ratings. Considerable latitude is allowed in the training programs and operating practices, so long as the candidate for a certificate or rating obtains a satisfactory score on the Federal Aviation Administration written knowledge test, oral knowledge test, and practical flight test.

A higher standard for flight schools is set forth in FAR Part 141. To hold a pilot school certificate issued under Part 141, a flight training company must pass rigorous inspections by FAA personnel of its flight training syllabus, training course outline, operating procedures, flight training staff, maintenance operations, aircraft airworthiness,buildings and facilities, and company operating procedures. The standards of Part 141 are verified by periodic inspections by FAA personnel.

In return for maintaining the rigorous standards of Part 141, an approved pilot school is permitted to nominate candidates for certificates and ratings with less flight time than candidates nominated under Part 61. This can represent considerable savings of time and money for customers. The recent national averages presented below illustrate the potential benefit.

Course Part 61 Flight Hours Part 141 Flight Hours Difference Savings
Private Pilot 65 55 10 $1,000
Instrument Rating 90 40 50 $5,000
Commercial Pilot 150 120 30 $3,000

Achieving and maintaining our pilot school certificate is a major part of our program at Anson Aviation. Our goal is to provide the finest quality flight training in Southeast Texas.