What would definitely turn you off a place you are considering after you visit there?
If you have a chance to find a place that is .....Thanks for your replies! Just had a discouraging experience at a place that sounded so promising.
Said they would need a deposit to show my "commitment", were rude to my friend who came with me, wouldn't tell me which hotels they had special arrangements with because "it's all a part of the package and you would get an e-mail with all the info you need once you register" (i.e. put up $). Wanted to sell me a study set for several hundred that's required by their school with a VHS (!) tape, couldn't tell themselves what year the set was.
I think, just like everything, your mileage may vary. I'm not putting down 61 at all. Quite the opposite. But, if you can find a 141 without all the fees Sheblerep listed (btw - that place sounds like a nightmare!) then I would jump on it.I would actually disagree with sdfcvoh. I would look for a flight school that operates as a part 61. From my experience, a part 61 flight school makes the most of your money. They are flexable in their training, and likely cheaper than most part 141 flight schools.
My old 141 flight school used to nickel and dime me out of cash for this fee and that fee. Airplane useage fees based on too much flight time in a week, membership fees just to use the F.B.O. It's all crap.