classroomPart 141 Training

Part 141 describes a category of FAA regulations under which training is conducted. The biggest difference between Part 61 and Part 141 training here is the ground school. During Part 61 training, students will have ground instruction one-on-one with one of our certified flight instructors. However, Pittsburgh Flight Training Center provides Part 141 training in association with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

In the CCAC program, students will participate in ground school classes that meet at the south campustypically Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. In correlation with the ground school at CCAC, students will take the knowledge they learn in the classroom and apply it to their flight lessons here at PFTC.

Training under Part 141 regulations will also allow you to be eligible for a $2,457 performance refund that is yours to keep. To obtain this refund, a student must complete their course within a year with a grade of “C” or higher.

To register for Part 141 courses at your level of flight, view the courses available for this semester, visit, and register for the courses online or at CCAC south campus. To register for the flight portion of Part 141 training, the instructor of the theory course or Jerry Labuskes will need to authorize any payments or registration. Please contact the flight school or speak with your instructor to arrange authorization.

 pftc6Part 61 Training

Part 61 describes a category of FAA regulations under which training is conducted. A Part 61 student is able to work on their training at their own pace one-on-one with a certified flight instructor (CFI). They are able to pay as they go and train without the pressure of attending a structured ground school class.

Most Part 61 students finish their Private Pilot training in about 55 flight hours. Some finish in less time and some finish in more time. A Part 61 students success is dependent on their studying outside of the flight school and their ability to learn quickly.

For more information on training as a Part 61 student please contact us.  Our rates can be found on this Rate sheet 2018.


Biennial Flight Review (BFR)

A biennial flight review (BFR) is required of pilots to maintain currency within a 24 month period. It is required regardless of hours or age. A medical certificate is required to complete a BFR at PFTC. It must be at least one hour flight and one hour ground, but may be longer based on the instructor’s discretion. We schedule a four hour block for BFRs. It can be on two separate days, but must be completed by same instructor!  Here are some links to help your BFR go as smoothly as possible!
• Pilot’s Guide to Flight Review
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