Hello everyone, I’m Tyler. I’m currently 21 and working a full time job in mobile phone sales. I’ve been working with my local FBO to get my PPL with the intent to transfer to the ATP in Daytona, although I’m currently struggling with scheduling and cost, so I’ve been only flying 2-4 hours a month. I have 15TT and solo’d at 11 hours. So here’s my first debate… I’m planning on moving to FL sometime July-Sept regardless, but I don’t know if I should continue working on my PPL separately, or if I should just go into ATP as a “New” student. I’ve already gotten a lot of studying down and I’ll be taking my written in a month or so, so I don’t want to do all this and have to pay for it again with ATP. Or would ATP give a credit for some of the work that I’ve already done.
Second question being scheduling. I know ATP is mostly full time M-F, weekends on/off if worked out with your CFI. So would it be possible to work a side job while in ATP? I have a car payment and I’d need to pay for an apartment, so taking 6-9 months without some kind of pay would be almost impossible. I’m a great self study, so I’m not too worried about getting behind. But would a weekend job in retail and possible Uber weeknights be unreasonable while in ATP? What about while as a CFI? Not so much the retail job, but do CFI’s uber on the side for some extra cash?
Sorry if there’s a wall of text here. I’ve been into aviation a lot of my life and I want to get an early jump into the career so I don’t make that 5 million dollar mistake. Especially with how volatile the industry can, I want to get in before anything changes with the current hiring rates.