Hi everyone, first time poster.
I know I want to be a commercial pilot, but I’m not sure if I want to go to the airlines. Are there other job options? What kinds of jobs can you get with a 250 hour commercial license, and what is the availability like for jobs that you only need a basic CPL for? (I’m in the Boston area) Or is ATP (and the related experience as a CFI) necessary for a stable aviation career with comfortable income? How do you decide if a 250 hour license is enough or if you “need” ATP?
Question for the pro’s, what made you decide to get ATP and go to the airlines rather than just being a commercial pilot?
A little background–I’m 25 and dying of brain atrophy in desk job purgatory. No husband, no kids, not even a dog, no obligations aside from the usual single-and-fabulous living alone expenses and student loan debt from my Bachelor’s, which is an art degree and completely unrelated to aviation. I have been obsessed with flying since I was a toddler, and more or less kept it to myself because, well, it felt too much like a childish fantasy that I was supposed to outgrow. I started a PPL program a few months ago just wanting to fly, not thinking that getting paid to fly was a realistic goal for me to have. Now that I know it is a realistic goal, flying for a living is the only thing I can think about. I’m going to flight school part time pay as you go because I work 9 hours a day plus commute. I’m estimating I can get PPL, IFR and CPL within the next ~2-3 years. Is it even possible to get an ATP license part time pay as you go?
Thanks in advance!
P.S. This isn’t a “tell me what I should do” post, more like “I want a clearer idea of what my options are, so I can make a better decision.”