I am told that at Prescott (the frontier campus), that you get most of your time in Duchess. So most of them come out with more like 200 base time in multi versus the 20-30 that you have to get at Daytona. Riddle is seeming more and more like a joke everyday.
I highly recommend Diamond Aviation in San Carlos, just south of San Francisco. They have a wonderful Duchess there with a Garmin 430 that is owned and maintained by a United Airlines mechanic. The school itself is owned by a helo pilot and they have a couple of R22's (I noticed your "types flown"). Their website is www.ksql.com. You can private message me if you have any other questions about the school.
...I am in the UK @ present and as such am finding it difficult to search for contact information for the less known flight schools..do you have a contact name or number or URL?
Its seems that there are much fewer shools with Duchess's on line.
Depends on what you like. I'd rather be in a college town of about 100K than Atlanta with a billion other people. Westheimer Field in Norman is a decent class D airport with a control tower, and OKC class C up the road for practice appchs.
I enjoyed flying there, but you're right, it might not be for everyone.
Good point about the airport. When you're paying for it, you don't want to spend half your time taxing. PDK in Atlanta is one of the busiest GA airports in the country. It's not unusual to be number 12 for take off. And to make matters worst, you'll have 3 or 4 Gulfstreams and Lears on final.
I can recommend Pinnacle Flight Academy in Norman (OKC), OK. They run a god op with great maintenance and nice aircraft. You don't spend much time on the ground as PWA (Wiley Post) is not a very busy airport.
I can't remember their prices but check out www.flypinnacle.com (bad website - good school) and give em' a call, it's worth it!
If you're interested in flying in the Northwest US, try Spanaflight at the Pierce County Airport, Puyallup Washington (1S0). It's about 20 miles from Seattle, and they have a very nice Duchess at good rates.