First off, I love this forum. It’s nice to see that people who are actually involved with ATP are here discussing it.
Any way, I’m making a 3 year goal for myself, to put myself in a position to attend atp. I am a 34 year old single dad, and in the next three years, I’m setting the goal to pay off my student loans, car and other bills… So that way I could attempt to attend atp and follow my dream. Here are some concerns and questions I have.
What is the “best” location to train at? I want the biggest “bang” for my buck.
I’ve read many negative reviews on the instructors. Back 15 years ago when I originally did my first round of flight training, my instructor was amazing. I don’t want to get into something where I have some 22 year old instructor sitting right seat just to get hours.
How realistic is it to go from 0-9 months and be ready to apply for an airline job? Also- are there other means to getting those hours aside from instructing?
When I started my training back then, right seat pilots were making $19k/yr. It seems this has changed? If I’m going to commit such an immense amount of money, I want to make sure the return is worth it.
Lastly- given my brief explanation of my three year plan, when would you kick this process off? Does atp have tours of the facilities? How does the job market look in the next five years?
Thanks to all for reading!