I'm seeking advice on whether to continue flight training at a Toronto based FTU or to continue on with Multi-IFR/CPL training on a piper seneca I have access to with a hired instructor.
does the completion of flight training at a "recognized" FTU greatly increase one's odds of third-tier operator interest? Are the logistics of getting insured and legal in a colleague's aircraft worth any possible cost savings?
None of my employers ever asked me where I did my initial training.
In my humble opinion, you can potentially learn a lot more from a freelance instructor while using an aircraft outside a FTU environment.
I think that you can get a good deal on insurance, through COPA: http://copanational.org/MagnesGroup.cfm