QUOTE(cessnapilot72 @ Jul 10 2007, 05:12 AM)
It just so happens that the very flight school that you're looking into is the flight school that I did my accelerated multi/commercial/instrument ride with about a month ago.
They teach you how to pass checkrides. Will they teach you what you need to know to be a good pilot? Yes, probably. But there will be very little if any going above and beyond what it takes to get you past your checkride, as you are on a pretty strict time schedule.
If it were my kid, I'd be just fine with doing accelerated add-ons through ATP. But I'd rather see time taken and attention to detail on the PPL and the instrument especially. Just my opinion, and your mileage may vary.
Very WISE comments, cessnapilot72
! ....particularly "there will be very little if any going above and beyond what it takes to get you past your checkride..." Like you, I won't fault
the company for doing that, BUT the folks buying it MUST, aboslutley MUST, be aware of the significance of your statement! Good on ya!
PS ... With that kind of attitude I'd tell you that you were welcome to come fly with me any time ... but, your Dad probably has "dibs" on that - and I don't blame him. Tell him I said "Hi."