I’ve been lurking here for a couple weeks now and while I have a general idea of what I should do it seems wrong.
Currently 21 and working full time while living at home free. I have a new car that is paid off and my only bills are insurance and phone. I have around 30k saved up atm and make around 50k a year after taxes.
I still have not taken an intro flight yet which I do plan on doing once I get my lasik done. But I do love being in the air. I recently had a friend who finished atp and brought up the idea to me to go. He comes from a family of pilots. (His dad and his brother) so I have been asking him lots of questions.
My plan was to go to community college while I work and save up money to hopefully pay for atp in full. Then I would instruct for 2 years or so and join a regional airline. Once I do that I plan to complete my degree online so I can move up to the majors when that time comes.
My friend says it’s all a race to get into the airlines which I do agree with and have seen it said a bunch. He suggests I start atp now and use the money I have atm to pay the interest and live off of. I do see his point but I’m someone who saved up and paid cash for a car because I hate taking in debt. I understand I never started college so I feel that puts me so far behind while trying to afford flight school and going to college.
Just looking to get some more views from other people.
Thank you everyone