Actually, it doesn't really matter whether they have a 141 or a 61. Part 61 actually gives you and your instructor more freedom to concentrate on your weak areas and not repeat things that you have a grasp on which is kinda a waste of time and money. As far as not having airlines, that is completely untrue. You have gotten some bad information sir. Currently ATA has hiring contracts (bridge programs) with American Eagle, ACA, Skywest, Horizon and Pinnacle Airlines. True, things are a little slow in the hiring process right now, but it's that way industrywide. I just graduated from ATA and would recomend it to anyone. I would also recommend checking out Comair and FSI. Both are very good schools.