ATP certainly appears to have the most efficient and effective approach to training future pilots. I’ve done one introductory flight at a local school and I enjoyed it and would like to continue pursuing a career in the field.
However, I understand the training is a different story than a mere introductory lesson. I’ve read books and attempted to learn on a simluator at home, but with little success and would strongly prefer some training and coaching to better get my feet wet in the field. I wish to pursue a PPL first to ensure this is a reasonable and comfortable career path for me before investing more money into the remaining ratings/certifications.
As I’ve been conducting my research on local schools, there are two questions that come to mind:
School #1–offers all PPL training on SportCruiser aircraft. When asked on the advantages/disadvantages to training on this aircraft, the answer received is that there is really only an advantage–lower cost. _Do you feel that there is any disadvantage to building one’s flight foundation on a SportCruiser, especially if potentially planning to continue with ATP to obtain remaining ratings?
School #2- offers all PPL training on Cirrus SR-20 (and similarly dated Cirrus aircraft). Aircraft appear to be much more technologically advanced. Training is “Cirrus certified” with a very strong syllabus and structure and learning modules to complete on the online training portal. School is Part 61, but syllabus and training is “Part 141 compliant.” School totes more “TAA” time and “destination-based training” as a result of completing its PPL license. The structured learning environment seems more appealing, but are there any further advantages/disadvantages to building one’s foundation in this atmosphere compared to any other traditional flight school (where instructor may simply give student a chapter to read).
Thanks in advance.