A little background:
I am a 21 year old and have aspired to work in aviation as long as I can remember. I am currently in an A&P maintenance school and finish in less than a month. I will have an associates degree from my current school when I finish. While being a mechanic is certainly a steady career, I’m not quite sure it’s exactly what I want to do.
I see my journey to becoming a major airline pilot starting one of three ways, all of which begin after a year of work as a mechanic to build up some necessary money.
1- go to a 4 year university and graduate with a bachelors as well as all the required liscense
2- purchase a plane and get all my hours and ratings through a local flight school
3- go to a school such as ATP, and get all my ratings.
My fear with option 1 is not only the cost, but the time. A 4 year school would put me at 26 years old when graduating in 2027, and I would miss a big part of the horing wave in the next 10 years
My fear with option 2 is that I will not have a bachelors degree, which seems to basically mandatory for a major airline, and I will have the financial responsibility of owning an airplane.
My fear with option 3 is that I will still not have a bachelors degree
If necessary I can obtain a bachelors degree in aviation maintenance managment in 2 more years of school 100% online. This however will add more debt and I’m not sure this degree will transfer over to being a pilot.
If any current pilot could help steer me in the right direction or give me some advice that would be very much appreciated. Thank you