I have a quick question. I have recently become aware of ATP Flight School and it sounds like a great deal. I just talked to one of their representatives over the phone and all I’m lacking to get in right now is 2 years of college to get the 60 credits they require before signing on with them.
I have wanted to be a pilot ever since I was little and I really want to go to a major airline. My plan to make that happen was to go directly to the Air Force Academy and then serve my time and get hired onto a major airline (Delta is my preferred airline, but I’d be fine with United or Southwest). If I went that route, however, it would be 14 years with the Air Force (4 years in school and then 10 in service) and I realize that there is a major, major demand for pilots now and within the next ten years.
Now I have found ATP Flight School and know there are other schools like ATP out there. With ATP I would have to finish 2 years of college and then go through training at the flight school for 9 months. Then I would be a flight instructor for them for about 2 years to get my 1,500 hours to get hired onto a regional airline where I would spend 4 years until being able to transfer to a major airline. This would be a total of almost 9 years before getting into a major airline.
Now my question for you is, “What do you propose I do?” Do I need to worry about financial stability if I were to get married along the way going through the flight school? I know that if I went Air Force, financial stability wouldn’t be a problem, but I don’t want to miss out on the huge demand for pilots that we have over the next 10 years. With the Flight School (from my limited perspective), I wouldn’t miss out on the demand and would be able to get farther in the aviation realm than if I went Air Force. And finally, Do you think it’s wise to jump on the gun with the Flight School route and give it my all right now?
Thank you so much for your time. Your answer will be much appreciated.
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