I have a couple of questions regarding what options ATP graduates have following the program. I know that ATP offers a guaranteed full time job as a CFI (depending on where the need of ATP is at the time). On this note, I have a couple of questions…
- Does ATP cover the cost of relocation? I know that they provide a place to live for only $350 a month, but do they also provide your airfare to and from the base or a rental car to get from your apartment to work?
- Based on people reading this who have been CFI’s for ATP, how hard was it for you to survive as a CFI for ATP? I know several people who have gone through ATP and have said that becoming a CFI somewhere else is an all-around better way to go. The people that I talked to sounded a little bit jaded, so I wanted to hear some other opinions!
- My biggest concern is that I will not be able to fly as much as I want to. I am a very motivated and driven person so I would have no problem flying as much as humanly possible seven days a week. Have previous ATP CFI’s had problem with getting the hours that they want?
This leads into my next topics of curiosity, which is “do a lot of ATP pilots get other kinds of flying jobs besides becoming a CFI to get to their 1500 hour mark?”
I currently have my PPL and 250 Hours PIC, so by the time that I start and graduate ATP I assume that I will have around 500 hours TT. With this many hours at graduation, would it be better for me to search for other kinds of pilot jobs besides just being a CFI? I know that most of the people who respond on this forum at 100% PRO-ATP, but I’m really hoping to get some honest opinions whether positive or negative towards the ATP CFI route given my situation.
Thank you for your help!