HFA is a Federal Aviation Administration approved school.
Flight schools come in two basic varieties, Part 61 and Part 141, which refer to the parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) under which they operate. The main factors that differentiate Part 141 Schools from Part 61 Schools are primarily matters of educational structure and FAA accountability. As a Part 141 school Heritage Flight
- are periodically audited by the FAA.
- maintain a FAA-approved training course outlines for each Pilot course.
- Conduct ground and flight lessons in a structured manner following an approved syllabus and lesson plans
- maintain exceptional safety practices and procedures for conducting flight training
- Maintain very detailed training records for each student enrolled
- exceed minimum student pilot performance rates. A minimum "pass" rate must be maintained. Heritage Flight Academy enjoys a 90% or better pass rate!
- maintain aircraft that meet very stringent maintenance and safety standards.
- These aircraft must be made available to the FAA for inspection and are subject to inspection at any time, without notice.
- possess and maintain appropriate, approved ground facilities Part 61 schools do not have the same documentation and accountability requirements. The industry calls them “mom and pop shops.” We receive many students from these Part 61 flight schools looking for a more suitable training environment.
Advantages of Part 141 Flight Training
Part 141 flight training beyond the Private Pilot Certificate (Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Multi Engine Rating, etc.) provides some very important benefits when compared to the same courses taught at a Part 61 school. Earning these advanced certificates and ratings at a Part 141 school can provide a better quality of training, thus fewer training hours and less cost. The advantages of completing these advanced courses at a Part 141 school include:
- The Instrument Rating may be completed in 35 flight hours rather than the 40 flight hours required at a Part 61 school
- You may enroll in and complete the Part 141 Instrument Rating course without the perquisite 50 hours of Cross Country Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time required of Part 61 students
- The minimum total time to become a Commercial Pilot at a Part 141 school is 120 hours rather than the 250 hours required at a Part 61 school
- VA Benefits. The Veteran's Administration will provide benefits for flight training to qualified military veterans provided they attend a Part 141 flight school and are enrolled in approved Part 141 flight courses. VA will not provide any benefits for Part 61 flight courses.