You guys have brought up some very interesting points I couldn't have thought of. I was in a part 61 for the PPL and soloed in just under 16 hours. After that flight, there was a year's break after which I joined a part 141 school on accelerated course. I got the PPL in a total of about 49 hours and that's after making sure we don't miss anything that I needed to work on. I had of course catching up to do and because of the weather that delayed my check ride by a week I had to fly solo for an hour to be in the rhythm again, further my examiner was an hour's flight from my home base so this figure includes all that.
Same thing for the IR
, part 141 and on accelerated course, I completed it with a total of 92 hours. We actually completed all that we needed to do with a little more than 2 hours to spare, so we went up to fine tune things. But then my last stage check was on a very rough day, a day when I blew the 100 feet altitude mark more than once and had to break off an approach because we were picking up a lot of ice. Because of that I had to fly 1 additional hour to straighten things up, and made it through.
Now I have just started the CPL and again 141 and accelerated course. I have faith in the 141 especially if you choose accelerated course, it saves you a lot of time, for example we completed the first 3 flights of the Instrument course within one flight, it saved a lot of time, taxing, landing and taking off.
As mentioned above, by far more experienced people, both courses are successful. Either way when you complete your CPL you'd still be an amateur, I have finally been able to realize that. For me I feel 141 turned out to be a wise choice because I was flying all the time like crazy and no need to mention I loved it.
And BTW part 141 doesn't mean you "have to" complete the course in the minimums, so one can join a part 141 school and have the option of completing in less time IF
one meets the standards. Nothing wrong in flying more, that's where the judgement of the instructors come in, a good instructor is just about the best thing you can want in a school.
I'd be interested in your or any other instructor's comments of my views.
Anyway wish you all the best.