Good morning all! My name is Jonathan and I live in Queens, NY. I would like to start off by saying this forum has greatly helped with making my decision to pursue my dream career.
So, let me give you some brief info on myself. I’m 24 and I currently work for Delta Airlines at JFK as a Ramp Agent. I’ve been here for just about 5 years, and I would say I have a pretty good understanding on how the aviation field is. Growing up, living in Queens NY seeing aircraft fly over my house was a normal thing, and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be a pilot. However, I would not label my family as very wealthy so it always seemed out of reach. Now that I’m a little older it definitely seems attainable. After high school I went straight into Vaughn College, (aviation College right here in Queens) to pursue my Airframe and powerplant lisences, but after about a year I realized I do not want to work on planes for the rest of my life and I would much rather fly them. I told myself I would go back to college to get a “ regular” degree in business to keep my options open. So, here I am, in my last year of college and thinking about taking that leap into ATP to pursue my dream in Januar2019.
So, time for some questions. ( brace yourselves) i understand that the ATP program is very fast paced and requires a full time commitment. However, do you guys think it’s a good idea to leave Delta airlines? I do have a small business that my brother and I have started and the income could hold me up for the 9 months while I’m in training. But I can’t help but think leaving Delta would be a mistake. Do you think staying with delta ( even as a ramp agent) gives me any kind of advantage?Furthermore, I do have the option to take my exam to get my airframe lisence. I know it isn’t necessary, but does having that lisence give me any sort of advantage?
Thanks in advance,