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FAA updating guidance for Part 141 pilot trainingFAA updating guidance for Part 141 pilot training

The FAA has issued a draft advisory circular (AC) that updates official guidance for the certification of pilot schools under Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 141.

The FAA has issued a draft advisory circular (AC) that updates official guidance for the certification of pilot schools under Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 141.

AOPA is reviewing the draft AC 141-1B that was published to succeed a prior guidance document that dates to 1993. Comments may be submitted to the FAA on the draft until April 3 as provided below.

The updated AC clarifies procedures for obtaining pilot school certification under Part 141, adding compliance information and incorporating amendments that have been made to Part 141 since 1993. It includes a chapter on security requirements imposed on certificate holders by the Transportation Security Administration after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, for the training of foreign nationals in the United States.

Colleges and universities that offer aviation degree programs and other institutions often provide pilot training under Part 141 because “unlike pilot training conducted under 14 CFR Part 61, Part 141 pilot schools are required to use a structured training program and syllabus. Part 141 pilot schools may be able to provide a greater variety of training aids and require dedicated training facilities, flight instructor oversight, and FAA-approved course curricula,” the AC notes.

Comments may be submitted until April 3 by email or by mail to Julia Lutz, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 610E, Washington, DC 20024.

Please share your comments with AOPA.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Airman Regulation, Flight Training, Student

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