I got my type at CPT(Crew Pilot Training) out in Houston, good program and they follow the SWA program. I have several friends that went to Higher Power out in Dallas, they really liked the program, again they follow the SWA program for training. I think actually Higher Power follows the training program better than CPT but thats your call. I would encourage you to start calling NOW classes will and have been filling up very fast. Good luck on your goal of getting a type rating I really enjoyed the experience. Oh and give yourself at least 3-4 weeks of home study, best of luck!
I got my type with CPT in Houston: Great company with great instructors.
When I went through we had a couple minor sim malfunctions which delayed us a little. These are all gone!!!
They are no longer using the FlightSafety sim at Hobby!!! They are now using the Continental Facilities at Intercontinental, which are in outstanding condition. The word is by summer they will have everything ready to start using the 500 series as well as the 300 which may also be a consideration.
You can't go wrong with Higher Power. I've been through many training programs in my career, at the regional and major level, and I've never seen a better-organized or classier act than what they have going at HPA.
At least a dozen of my buddies who've recently gone through the program can back up what I say; you'll be very glad that you got your type at Higher Power, and without a doubt you'll be recommending the program to your friends.
Like Jobhunter says, the owners do take a sincere interest in the students who go through their program, and I liken them to the management team in place at Southwest, in terms of caring about their people and customers.
If you would like to talk to me about my experiences at Higher Power, send me a Personal Message and I'll get in touch with you.
Higher Power Aviation (HPA) in Dallas is the way to go. There's a reason they're booked for months in advance- they are awesome. I really felt like they cared about me as an individual.(sounds like a certain Dallas-based airline, no?) Also Heather or another SWA People Dept rep will come by for your very own mini job-fair. It's great to see the SWA folks, get a little face time, and dispel any rumors that are out there.