Sierra Charlie Aviation

Part 61 Flight School 2020-01-30T22:00:42+00:00

Part 61 Flight School

A FAR Part 61 flight school can accommodate your needs as a student. That’s why we at Sierra Charlie Aviation take pride in our Part 61 status. Read on to learn more.

About Sierra Charlie

Part 61 Flight SchoolSierra Charlie Aviation has been selected by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as one of the top flight schools in the country. Voters include everyone from new students to experienced pilots earning advanced ratings or taking a flight review. Recently, we won the 2019 Flight Training Experience Award for Best Flight School in the Western Region.

We provide flight training under the authority of Federal Aviation Regulations (or FAR) Part 61, which gives students greater flexibility than FAR Part 141 training. We are also a Cessna Pilot Center.

Sierra Charlie Aviation is located at Scottsdale Airport (SDL) at the base of the McDowell Mountains. This is an excellent environment in which to teach and learn piloting. This is because:

  • The tower-controlled airport provides a learning environment that is both safe and stable;
  • There are more than 300 days of sunny days, which helps to guarantee a consistent schedule;
  • There is quick access to a variety of airports and airspace in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Chandler, and other areas;
  • There is no commercial commuter or airline service, which means less aircraft traffic and more time in the air for you.

Part 61 vs Part 141

“FAR Part 61” and “FAR Part 141” refers to different parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) that set the minimum standards for flight training.

In general, Part 61 schools train students on a one-on-one, customized basis, and are not necessarily career-oriented flight schools. Part 141 schools are usually larger, more rigidly structured programs, that often emphasize professional pilot training.

Part 61 regulations requires minimum logged flight time of 40 hours for the Private Pilot Certificate while Part 141 requires only 35 hours. On the surface, it would seem that Part 61 requires more hours, but the difference is inconsequential for most students because the national average for earning a Private Pilot Certificate is 60 to 75 hours. It is very rare to see a student ready for a checkride in less than 40 hours.

Federal regulations require certain subjects to be taught and expect identical performance standards, but Part 141 schools have a more rigid curriculum. A Part 61 instructor can rearrange lesson content and the sequence of the program to enable students to complete their training faster.

Part 61 schools offer greater flexibility. There are far fewer oversights, and lessons can be tailored to the needs of individual students. Sierra Charlie is this type of flight school.

Our Instructors

The Sierra Charlie Aviation flight training team is composed of highly experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) who have trained everyone from Sport Pilots to Flight Instructors and recreational flyers to airline pilots. Our students enjoy flying with pilots who have handled every situation one could possibly encounter in the air.

If you are looking for an outstanding Part 61 flight school, look no further than Sierra Charlie Aviation. Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you have. We can be reached at (480) 474-4115.