I'd like to get some feedback from those who have gone through flight training for the PPL on what your experiences were like in "shopping around" for a flight training centre at which to learn.
In the grand scheme of things I think that one's own motivation must be the driving force, but professionalism and quality instructors are obviously important as they colour the entire experience. As such, there's another "human" factor that is actually quite important for me: The general atmosphere of the place and the friendliness of the staff. I have to be honest and say that when I walk into a flying club with the thought of spending thousands of dollars on training and find the people to have a somewhat cold and snooty attitude, it makes me want to take my business elsewhere - and fast. I prefer working with people who love to fly and who can communicate that love of flight. I'm not interested in the elite social club atmosphere that seems to permeate some places.
To sum up: Did the friendliness of the staff have any impact on your final decision of where to learn to fly?