Gary, John and everyone at McAir Aviation,

I've been looking for the proper adjectives to use to let you know how I feel about McAir. There just are not enough words to though. You guys are wonderful, top notch, friendly people doing an incredible job.

After being away for a year I walked into dispatch and it was like I never left. Dustin and Matt knew me straight away by name and took the time to make sure I was squared away to rent a plane over my Christmas vacation back home. It was very special being able to take my Son and Nephew on their first flight in a brand new Cessna and at the same time show them how nice other people in aviation can be. This wouldn't have been possible with out McAir!

About the only thing I can think of that I don't like about McAir is that you guys are not here in Portland. I may only be able to get to Denver once or twice a year but I'm keeping my club membership open just in case.

Take care and I'll be in next time I'm home.

- Paul D.


It Just Doesn't Get ANY Better Than This!

There are two types of flight training schools. One is normally referred to as a certificated “part 141 school” and the other as a “part 61 school. The word "part" refers to a part, or chapter, of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

McAir Aviation is certified to train under both sets of regulations.

Part 61 is an older set of regulations governing flight training. Basically, it spells out what you need to know, what flying skills you must develop, and a minimum number of training and solo flight hours. Any flight instructor can teach under Part 61, doing what he or she feels is appropriate in your training as long as the training minimums are met. Most schools operate under part 61 and do not meet the requirements of Part 141.

A Part 141 School, like McAir Aviation, on the other hand, has been granted an Air Agency Certificate by the FAA.

Part 141 was established to actually certify "flight schools" - to develop and establish standardized training methods and standards. To quote the FAA, "Enrollment in a certificated school [a part 141 school] usually ensures higher quality and continuity of training." These schools meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula and are reviewed on a regular basis by the FAA to ensure quality training.

One of the many advantages to flying at McAir Aviation (a certificated Part 141 School), over a part 61 school or individual instructor, is that fewer flight hours are required to qualify for a pilot certificate. The requirement for a private pilot certificate is 40 hours in a part 61 school and 35 hours in a part 141 certificated school. This is also true for your additional ratings and certificates. For instance, if you are training at McAir, you do not need to log the additional 50 hours of cross country time needed for the Instrument Rating under part 61. This can save you over $6000 in training costs!

To quote the FAA:

"Do not make the mistake of making your determination based on financial concerns alone. The quality of training you receive is very important. Prior to making a final decision, visit the school you are considering, and talk with management, instructors, and students."


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