AeroStar obtained a certificate for its Part 141 program that lets students secure a private pilot certificate in 35 hours instead of 40, and an instrument rating in 30 hours instead of 40, as is required from a Part 61 school. This reduction in hours saved also can save students on training costs.
Having this certificate lets AeroStar add its training curriculum to the list of U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)-approved flight schools, that helps international students to train in the United States on an M1 visa. While both Part 61 and Part 141 training programs follow the same FAA policies, Aerostar says Part 141 training establishments are often geared towards career-minded students and use a more professional-oriented curriculum. AeroStar's Part 141 certificate is valid for its Private Pilot and Instrument Rating programs.