I have recently decided to make a career change from Law Enforcement. I currently work a very low demand/stress job Fri-Mon night shifts, which permits me to have 4-5 hours of uninterrupted study time per night. Similar to previous forums that I’ve read on this site I am 30 years old, with a BA, military service (working logistics on the flight deck), a mortgage and a very supportive wife. ATP caught my eye as it is located only 20 minutes away and offers an expedited path to this amazing profession. It has always been a dream of mine, since I flew a cessna in high school.
I don’t want to put all the financial burden on my better-half and was hoping to keep my working schedule(w/ minor adjustments if necessary) while completing my training at ATP. Do you think that this is at all plausible, considering my work schedule and the potential for studying while on the clock, or am I in the same boat as the number of others that have inquired about working while training?(Not to beat a dead horse)
Has anyone had the experience of utilizing the G.I. Bill while attending ATP?
What advice can you give me in order to prepare prior to my training? I have already read the suggestions offered on the ATP website. Do you have any additional ones?
What kind of salary/work schedule can I expect as a CFI in California? How long will it take to land a regional job? How long does it take to move up to the Majors?
Does anyone have any opinion on other alternatives such as: corporate or cargo?
I apologize for the wide ranging slew of questions, but I truly feel like I am going down the river without a paddle. This is a complete overhaul of my professional life and any advice or insight comes greatly appreciated.