Horizon Aviation is one of the of few flight schools in the United
States that are certified Part 141.
If a school doesn't say that they are Part
141, they probably aren't. Being certified means that Horizon is
FAA-approved to offer many licenses with fewer flight hours because
we meet their stringent requirements. This is a cost savings to
you (possibly thousands of dollars of savings) made possible because
we offer a guarantee of quality instruction - audited and certified
by the FAA.
The FAA has two standards for flight schools: “Part
61” and “Part 141.” The essential
difference is FAA oversight.
Any Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) may proclaim himself
a Part 61 school; there are no requirements for oversight or record
keeping. Although the FAA has the right to inspect
the instructor's aircraft and personal logbook, in practice this
rarely happens. More than 90% of all flight schools operate
under Part 61 regulations.
contrast, Part 141 requires extensive documentation and inspection
to earn a certificate. The requirements are varied. For
example, Part 141 schools must have a chief flight instructor with
extensive experience appropriate to the material being taught, i.e.
primary, IFR, or multi-engine. In addition, all instructors must
meet higher oversight requirements and be approved and monitored
by their chief instructor. Also, the school must submit and follow
a syllabus for every license to be taught and maintain detailed
records of all flight training.
The benefits of this extra effort are two-fold.
First, a 141 certificate is a guarantee of quality, audited by an
external agency. Students can have confidence that they are working
with professionals. Second, students at Part 141 schools need fewer
flight hours for many licenses, thus reducing their cost. For example,
just on the Instrument Rating students need 50 fewer flight hours
in a 141 program than at a Part 61 school. This represents a savings
of $5,000-6,000 on that single license. Virtually all flight schools
specializing in career pilot programs operate under Part 141.
Horizon Aviation, Inc. is the longest serving and most experienced Part 141 school in the area.