Good morning all,
First of all I’d like to thank Chris for sending me a link to this site and look forward to the input of anyone who responds.
A little about myself, I’m 25 and am a deputy sheriff in NC (go Tar Heels) since I was four years old I’ve wanted to be a pilot. When I first moved from Puerto Rico I lived in Mississippi at an Air Force base and can remember the first time I saw a B52 up close and personal. I even got a tour of the behemoth of a plane. I knew then and there that I wanted to fly. I’ve even been in the cockpit of a 777 since I’m the 90s they still sometimes let solo flying kids up there, needless to say that only made me want to fly that much more.
Life went on Android I eventually grew up and eventually I became a cop. It’s a great job which I really do enjoy, but especially after talking to some of the older vets I hear the same thing time and again, what’s stopping you?
The answer is clear, me.
I was even given an amazing opportunity one time at a local flight strip out here and he let me fly for a couple hours. Then to my shock he looked at me and asked “you want to fly it?” Naturally I couldn’t contain myself when he asked such a question and well long story short it was the greatest moment of my life.
Fast forward to today and now I ask myself again what is stopping me? Myself.
So to get off the soap box, here are my questions:
Lets get the big one out of the way, money. I know I can get a student loan but are they conventional student loans or are they personal loans?
-edit: I spoke with atp by phone and got an answer. Just FYI.
Degree? Or no Degree? I’ve been struggling with the idea of this. On the one hand I’ve always thought even if you don’t need it it makes you more marketable.
If I do get one should I do it before or after ATP?
The time frame:
This is a big one too. This would require me to stop working for a few months. This is something I’ve already considered and planned for so I’m not really asking if it’s a good idea but o would like input.
Would it be wiser to work for 4 more years and earn an online degree or wait 1-2 years and just start ATP then make it to a regional and then work on a degree?
That’s basically it at least off the top of my head for now.
Like I said it’s a heck of a career change for sure but if I don’t do this then as I was told “ chase the dream before it chases you”.