I am trying to figure out the best path for me to get my training and to a regional the fastest and am hoping to get your thoughts on which option makes the most sense. So I am 26 with no college and have been working in my brothers’ two businesses since I was a teenager. I am now ready to make the jump into flight training and am unsure which route to take; here are the two options I have been thinking over:
Option 1 would be to attend my local community college which offers a professional pilot degree program and would take 2 years to complete - and then I would have to instruct for about 2 years in order to build my time. This would put me looking at about 4 years before flying for a regional.
Pros: Associates degree and flight training at the same time, school is partners with Envoy and offers a pipeline program, would qualify for R-ATP hours.
Cons: Cost is comparable but would be a little more than ATP. 4 year timeframe.
2nd option would be to go to ATP which would be a lot quicker (I would assume that working for my brother for 10 years would meet the 2 year progressive work experience admission requirements?) and get me hired at a regional sooner.
Pros: A lot quicker. Ability to earn tuition reimbursement through airline partnership programs. Envoy cadet program (my target regional airline).
Con: No associates degree after completion.
I suppose I could also obtain an associates degree first and then go to ATP for flight training, but I’m not sure that would be a better option than attending the community college program… Anyway, I apologize for the lengthy post, but I am having a hard time figuring out which direction I should go. Obviously I want to get hired as soon as possible, but I am also afraid of putting too much on my plate to work on 4 years of college while flying with a regional.
I would really appreciate any thoughts and guidance you all could give me - thank you very much!