Hi, my name is Michael and I’m 34, married, and have 3 young kids. Ever since I was young, when people asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was a pilot. I’ve been fascinated with planes as a kid, and when I lived in So Cal, I would sometimes hang out at LAX to watch planes. The desire to potentially pursue a flying career has increased recently and I’ve been researching around about flight training. I have taken an intro discovery flight at Long Beach, and I loved it! So there’s no question whether I’ve been behind a plane or not. I’m hesitant to dive right into a 141 school because I’d rather not go into debt and I have my wife and kids to take care of. There is an ATP school in Denver, but my understanding is there is no guarantee where I can end up, is that correct? What’s more feasible to me is going to a Part 61 school. I currently live in Colorado Springs and Springs Aviation is my top option (http://springsaviation.com/).
Here are some questions I have and I would love to know your thoughts?
Are there people who are in my life stage and did ATP school? If so, then what was their lifestyle? When the spouse went to ATP school, did the other spouse take on a full time job?
If I do the Part 61 school route, what should be my first steps? Just start flying as much as I can with an instructor? What are the next steps? I understand it this takes more time, and maybe money. Anything else I’m not aware of?
Also, if you have any other thoughts that would be helpful for me, then shoot away! I understand there’s a lot in the beginning stages of a flying career, so the more information, the better for me! And if you have any questions, then let me know.
Thanks for taking the time to respond!