Hello! My name is Seth (19 Years Old), I am currently almost finished with my associate’s degree in math and science in Chattanooga Tennessee and plan on moving to the only ATP school in the great state of Tennessee sometime next year. I have been doing tons of excited research through the forums here and of course lots of other sources as well. My research is slowly ultimately ensuring the ATP route for me simply for the fixed cost and speed of the training. As i’m sure you’ve all heard many times the speed at which the training is done is very daunting. The fear of investing almost 100 grand simply to be drowned in material and overwhelmed with the amount of information to process is a fear that i’m sure everyone has. However, I fully intend on performing to my upmost potential and studying as much as humanly possible. So with all that said I just have a few basic questions here. I’ve heard mixed things on whether or not attending the ATP school has much instructing other than the instructing relating directly to your flights with your CFI. Is this true? I’ll be entering the program with little to no knowledge on proper aviation and airplane mechanics. I simply have loved flying as a passenger enough that I know being a pilot is what I want to pursue. So if the CFI’s at ATP are primarily for flying purposes only does these mean that most of attending ATP is going to be done in my bedroom self teaching and studying? Although i’ve done alot of research thus far the answers that i’m seeing on this topic have been mixed. Some say CFI’s have little incentive to have solid ground schooling therefore your often referred to manuals and guides for further studying. Some also say it purely depends on your CFI. I guess my main question here minus all of my rambling on is that is ATP a school? Or is it simply a fast accelerated way to link students who are self teaching through studying rigorously with CFI’s who can assist them with the actual flying and such? Sorry if I sound extremely ignorant on the subject, I’ve never had flight lessons and my college career thus far has never consisted of any aviation classes. So I am a true ground zero student.
Finally what is suggested for someone as uneducated in aviation and airplanes to do BEFORE beginning the ATP journey or does the learning and studying start at ATP?
If the journey begins at home before starting the school then what books could you recommend for purchase. I’ve seen some things that say you should take your written exams before you even start ATP and that’s what inspired me to post on these forums for the first time because it made me wonder how much of the ATP program is actual schooling as far as book study and such goes minus the real instructing in the air and such. Thanks! Sorry if my ramblings are difficult to read, simply an overly excited and curious student at his computer at 2am typing away looking for answers! Haha