FAA Training Regulations
Within the FAA’s regulations for training pilots, there are specific flight hour requirements that must be met at each stage as a way for the FAA to control the amount of experience a pilot has to received towards a qualification or rating.
For students training within FAA Part 61, these flight hour requirements are the highest as Part 61 is the most flexible with the FAA. So with no specifically set curriculum, students and instructors can practice flight maneuvers as they see fit each day and in each mission.
By contrast an FAA Part 141 course has lower flight requirements as the course curriculum itself has been reviewed and approved by the FAA. With this set structure, timeframe and mission objectives ensuring structure and quality, the FAA is willing to accept fewer hours as a minimum amount of experience for a pilot.
A Reduced Hours Course is an extension of this FAA 141 Approval, meaning the number of hours specifically required within a 141 course is further reduced beyond their minimum. Therefore, based on the FAA reviewing and approving a course curriculum, along with the wider training environment, processes and staff, a Reduced Hours course can be approved at an amount of flight hours lower than the 141 minimum.