damn, Phx. sounds like its in need of some help if everything you guys say is true. i'm here in florida and haven'y seen anything close to what you few guys are saying. poeple here seem to be very happy, including myself. anyway, Pan Am is now trainign under part 61, but to part 141 standards. trying to diminish the whole check ride hold up i guess. call and ask about that for details. oh, and you pay 4 installments on your schooling. not one lump sum. you'll have to contact them to get the speciifics. they just don't want to train someone just to be a PP. they want to train airline pilots. if you just want a PPL, by all means go to a FBO and do that there. hey, come check out florida. i wish somebody would, especially one of the people that had such a bad experience. that would help everybody get a perspective on the two campus', they could tell others the differences between the two. hey, they'll pay for your hotel if you come visit.
my opinon: seems like (from what some are saying), that there is maybe an overcrowding issue at the other campus. kindda like most of the other big schools i hear about. that would, in itself lead to each and every problem i've herad so far. i'm sure, if the administrators are monitoring, that this problem will not happen again in the future. first of all, they should be giving an entrance exam just to get into the school. that would do a lot for the school. weed out those not ready for the fast track type of schooling, help those people save some money and maybe start at a lesser pace somewhere else. second, it would benefit the schools reputation. kindda like the ivy league school of aviation or something. more or less, it would keep those not up to the type of training from wasting their money and possibly bad mouthing the school. i'm not saying this to be true in some of these cases on this site, don't take that statement the wrong way. i sitll believe there may be an overcrowding issue. thrid, enrollment needs to be monitored more precisely. if the one campus is overcrowded, why not send some students to the other campus. we're only running at 50% capacity. pay for the flights from the west to the east, stipulate that the student must reside in the dorms for a set number of months (mostly in order for them to get settled, especially if they are paying for the flight). equilize the student population, and don't subject yourself to ridicule form former students that you may have upset. word of mouth is key in this industry as i see, and the school (any flight school), should respect that.
as i said, this is all opinion, i love Pan Am in Florida and its really the extent of my knowledge of the Pan Am Corp. as a whole. i am like the next guy, it is upseting to see people have a bad experience when learing to fly. this IS a fraternity(co-ed) and we should all be concerned when someone states that they have had a less than an enjoyable experience pertaining to flight.