27yo looking for advice

Hi All,

Im sure this is redundant, however. This is something I have wanted to do for a longtime, before I graduated High school. I have a few questions,

  1. With the current pandemic, is this still a good idea?
  2. I have no college credits, do I need to earn those first before attending ATP?
  3. I have a full time job, Is it doable to balance both training, and full-time work?

Any advice that could be given would be great!


Welcome to the forum.

  1. Short answer: Yes. This question has been asked a lot lately. Browse the forum and you’ll find more in-depth info on the subject.

  2. No college credits are required. The enrollment prerequisites are found here:

  3. If you’re planning on doing the Fast Track Program, we strongly recommend not working, even part time.
    If you would like more flexibility, then the Flex Track Program may be a better fit for you.https://atpflightschool.com/airline-career-pilot-program/flex-track-airline-career-pilot-program.html

Before you do anything there are some things that we recommend everyone do such as take at least one intro flight to make sure this is a good fit. As you get closer to scheduling your start date you’ll then want to obtain a First Class Medical to make sure you can hold one for when you need it at the airlines.

Other than that, having realistic expectations, especially in this environment, is necessary. No one knows when the airlines will recover. Everyone is confident they will.


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Tory nailed it well but just to add some:

  1. Yes. There will be an end and while the pandemic will slow things for now, there will be a recovery.

  2. No but at some point you will want to earn your degree. Major airlines want their pilots to have a degree. If you don’t have one you may very well not reach your full potential in the industry.

  3. Not if you choose the Fast Track program. It’s fulltime and will require all your time and commitment. The Flex Track however will permit you to work.



Actually, 60 hours of college credit are required, unless you are enrolled in the Flex Track and college at the same time.

It would not be possible to work while in the regular program, the Flex Track is designed for working students.

I personally feel that now is still a good time to train to be a pilot. The pandemic will eventually end and life will return to normal. When it does, the airlines will still be in need of pilots and those who train now and work on their qualifications will be the best suited to enter the work force as an airline pilot.