FL Aviation Center is now among the limited number of flight schools nationally certified by the FAA under Title 14 Part 141 to provide a structured flight training curriculum that has been endorsed by the Federal Aviation Administration
(Tallahassee, Florida)— For any flight school, achieving FAA Part 141 certification is no easy task. The rigors and requirements are extensive. However, the numerous benefits for the school, its students and the local economy are immediate and entirely worthwhile.
The term “Part 141” stems from the section of the federal regulations under which the school’s operations are controlled. Most flight schools teach under what are known as “Part 61” rules. The requirements for obtaining a pilot’s license are nearly the same, but Part 61 flight instructors are given full discretion on how, when, and where to deliver the training. This can result in a widely varying quality of experience for students. Part 141 flight schools, however, have been thoroughly and meticulously reviewed by the FAA.
For FL Aviation Center, this recent certification marks yet another milestone among a growing list of achievements for this remarkable company, now only in its 5th year of operation. Over the last 5 years, FL Aviation Center has been nationally recognized each year for its high standards of accomplishment in flight training. Earlier this year, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association again awarded the flight school a spot on the 2016 Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll, a title given to high scoring flight schools from AOPA’s annual flight training poll.This year, out of a field of 789 flight schools that were evaluated, less than 10% earned this recognition.
For students, training at a Part 141 flight school assures them that they will receive a quality education that has the seal of approval from the FAA. They undergo a formal, standardized training comparable to
a college-level course. They always know exactly what their progress is throughout the process of earning their license, and have clear goals and criteria for success. “Attaining FAA Part 141 certification validates the standards of excellence that we have always sought to uphold,” says FL Aviation co-founder Faith Drewry.
At the same time, the numerous economic benefits of FL Aviation Center’s achievement are noteworthy both locally and regionally. By making Tallahassee a more attractive location for those seeking pilot training, the impact could be immediate for a number of sectors from housing and hospitality to transportation and retail.
Tallahassee Airport Director Chris Curry has pointed to another benefit by referring to the growing concern over a pilot shortage among regional airlines. “The legacy carriers [like] Delta, United and American Airlines obtain pilots from the regional airlines. [In turn], that creates a shortage of pilots for the regional airlines. One of the methods that airlines will use to deal with the pilot shortage is to eliminate the smaller regional jets. [Their] new approach is to take those pilots and train them to fly larger Aircraft with more passengers which is more beneficial to the airline.” But, for Tallahassee and air travelers it could mean fewer regional carriers flying in and out of Tallahassee which would make an already frustrating problem even worse.
Then there is the broader benefit of promoting Tallahassee’s competitive advantage, globally. While Florida is internationally recognized as the best place in the world to receive flight training because of its favorable weather conditions, most aspiring pilots automatically think of the large schools in central and southern Florida. This latest certification of FL Aviation Center’s program gives Tallahassee a decided edge. Now, along with the same great weather, Tallahassee offers the advantages of a 141-certified school without the air traffic congestion associated with the crowded airspace over larger cities. For a student, that is a major consideration. Says Drewry, “It puts Tallahassee on the map as a destination for professional flight training.”