Hey there, so there are a handful selection of flight schools here in the States and I just wanted to ask does it matter if you choose to go the part 61 route over 141? Does the path you choose matter when getting hired by airlines whether it’s regional or major? Thanks!
The problem with Part 141 schools is they have a very rigid curriculum which sets required hours for every phase of training. That means regardless of your progress or ability, you’ll be required to adhere. Part 61 schools allow more flexibility and therefore permits you to advance more rapidly.
Keep in mind while the airlines don’t care which Part you train under, training locally at small flight schools can be very inefficient and expensive. If your goal is the airlines you should be looking at a full-time flight academy like ATP.
No, the airlines will not even bother to ask if you trained under part 61 or 141. I have done four airline interviews and was never once asked.
What does matter is choosing a flight school that has established paths to regional and major airlines, such as the Frontier Direct Track.
No one will ask what kind of training you participated in. However, you will absolutely be asked about your checkride pass rate. So make sure you find a quality training program and one that is efficient with your budget. Any issues with consistent training or a lack of ground school can turn in to less than satisfactory checkride results which can affect your future success in the industry.