There is a lot to consider Chris.
If you are going to use a plane every day for 4 hours, I think most schools that have multiple planes will be happy to do it. It usually the people who want to take a plane for the day to go somewhere and only put 1 or two hours on it. Most trainers will have some kind of minimum billable time per day. Much of the Instrument instruction can also be done in an approved simulator, which all of the Part 141 schools have. Most have the Multi Simulators also or have the conversion modules for their modern simulators.
Make sure you also take into consideration where in the country you are looking at. There are a lot of schools in Florida and Arizona because they get sun shine almost every day and not a lot of heavy wind. Even in Florida with Thunderstorms they come and are gone in minutes.
A lot depends on the time and cash you have. I did the accelerated complete course at what was then the Aerospace Technological Institute - ATI ( in Melbourne Florida in the mid 60s. It became the FIT (Florida Institute of Technology flight training program). It was Originally Campbell Aviation. The program was a little more inclusive than some of todays training mills and included:
Private Pilot - Part 141 - 35 hours minimum.
Commercial Pilot (Only required 160 hours in those days and you could get it without the instrument rating, which in those days was a minimum of 250 hours of PIC before starting the training and you could fly for hire in VFR Weather within 25 miles of your departure airport - Basically sky rides, but it gained time toward the Instrument. And remember that X-C time is any time that you land at a different airport then where you started off. Most people early on think that 50 miles is required to log cross country, but it is not. The Private requires "Cross Countries of 50 Miles Perleg" just like the long Commercial Cross Country and the long Instrument cross county, but you log any time that you land somewhere else to your Total XC Time even if the other airport was only 5 miles away. We would take students to a local uncontrolled field for touch and goes and the to and back portions was always logged as cross country. Today you need a lot more of it then you did then though.
Basic Ground Instructor
Multi-Engine including instrument.
Advanced Ground Instructor
300 Hours of FREE Twin time in a Cherry Hill ex-Marine D-18 (Free but it meant flying mail around Florida at night and loading and unloading the plane.)
Turbo Prop Transition - Mitsubishi MU-2
LR Lear Jet Type Rating in a Model 23
The examiners were on staff. So the instructors really know exactly what to teach for the check rides.
Then some instructing in C-150 and Piper 140s for the commercial. No Retract Time needed in those days or Hi Performance or Complex endorsements, but it was sure covered in the MU-2 and Model 23 Lear. A few hours instructing in an Apache with 160 HP engines.
At 1,200 hours you got the ATR, which was the equivalent of todays ATP. Airline Transport Pilot was not a class of license then, but a rating on the Commercial. You also only had to be 19 in those days not 23.
Then graduation with a Associate Degree in Aviation Technology. Two year program accelerated by weekend and evening classes. No time for a part time job.
Then off to fly Beech 99s with Executive Airlines, a regional carrier then in Florida that did not go out of the state and therefore did not have to meet interstate commerce laws. It became one of the American Beagle regionals for AA.
Some of my classmates when to Tree Top Airlines, Trans Texas, also affiliated with the school like Delta does with their region. That became Southworst Airlines when they moved into other states.
750 hours of B-99 time, 500 right seat and 250 left, total of 2,000 and it was off to the majors.
Purdue University has a pretty intense aviation program or at least did in the 80s and 90s. When I had two Beech Duchess's and a Turbo 310 and was doing Multi-Engine and ATP courses in a suburb of Chicago in the late 80s, I wrote their Part 141 Training Syllabus for the Instrument Multi-Engine Rating in a BE-76. That is one place where a part 141 school takes more time. From a part 91 school there is no minimum time for the multi, but there is for the Part 141 version, which by the way I believe in. At Purdue the minimum time for the Commercial / Instrument Multi is 13 hours.
A very intense program at the time.
Oh, to be that young again. For now I have gone all the way up and back down to LSA.
- Day I Took My Type Rating Ride in the LEAR and my first solo in the MU-2
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