My lease lasts until August 2nd, 2017 (7 months). Your advice in the second paragraph is EXACTLY what I was thinking of doing.
I still want to check out one other Aviation school in Milwaukee. I already looked at a place in Waukesha WI, which is for a fact a 141. The Instructor I took an intro flight with suggested I check out Gran-Aire because they have better equipment. It’s not clear whether or not this one’s a 141 or 61; are Part 61’s like ATP rare?
There’s a problem with these; they only meet the bare minimum FAA requirement of 40 hours, so i’d need to fly a ton on my own even after I get my license (god knows how much more money & time that would cost).
The Private section at ATP comes out as $13,000, so i’d hope i’d be saving at the very least a little money (not time) by getting the Private elsewhere before joining ATP, but again having to get the additional 40 needed hours makes me worry quite a bit. If you have ANY advice on how to get the extra 40 hours i’d very much appreciate it, as you can see this stupid apartment lease is driving me INSANE. It may not even cover the time I need to complete 80 hours of solo flight in Milwaukee.
As far as location for ATP, that would most likely be in DuPage Illinois. It’s closest to home, plus I have family in Chicago so hopefully they can help me save a boatload of money by NOT housing with ATP. I would also hope ATP sends me elsewhere to instruct, preferably California/Arizona where the weather is far warmer and more consistent, and for the sake of getting out of the Midwest for change!