34year old Cop

Kyle,

I always think it’s a great idea to shop around for flight schools. American Flyers is a great school, they’ve been around a long time and many pilots (myself included) use their Lifetime CFI renewal program and that’s what they’re famous for. I hate to sound like a salesman (and I’m not) but you know what ATP is famous for? Training and preparing pilots for the airlines. ATP had 1190 grads hired by the airlines in the last 12 mos alone and thousands over their 35yr+ history. ATP grads fly for literally EVERY airline in the country including the US Air Guard. They pioneered the airline agreements and back when it was legal, ATP grads received reduced hourly mins and preferential hiring. Simply put if you want to be an airline pilot ATP is the best route available.

Adam

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Kyle,

I am glad to hear that you had a good intro flight and that you have made a decision.

As for training part time, I think you are absolutely correct here. Now I have never been a Police Officer and do not pretend to know anything about the job, but something else to think about trying to work and fly at the same time is that Cops are tasked with making split second, life and death decisions. Decisions to take somebody else’s life or to protect your own and make sure you come home to your family. I would hate to see you make a mistake on the job because you were fatigued. Please understand that I am saying this as somebody that is very pro-police, I can only imagine that your job is very stressful and that you always need to be at your best for it.

AF is a well established school with a good reputation, but they do not in any way specialize in accelerated training. I have never met a single airline pilot that came from AF, I have met many ATP grads.

Please keep us updated as you go through the process.

Chris

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I agree! Thanks for your reply. Will keep you posted. June 20th is my official start date. Looking forward to it.

-Kyle

Kyle, it was nice meeting you when you came by for your flight. I’m glad the intro flight was awesome! Look forward to seeing you at school!

Bill

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Kyle,

I think you’re making the right call. Congrats on setting a start date! Please let us know if you have any questions as you prepare.

Hannah

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Kyle,

I’m glad you figured out that the combination of work and flight school can be quite the burden. Like you, I had strong aspirations to do both flight school and be in EMS full-time. Then it transitioned to part-time. After struggling, I decided to go per diem and flight school full-time. The longer I have been in this program, the more I understand how its just not a possibility. If you qualify for a high enough loan, you are able to take out $2K a month for living expenses. This has greatly reduced the stress of monthly bills. With CAX coming up, CFI follows right after which means four weeks away from home.

Keep us updated on your progress and reach out if you need help!

Warmly,

Wes

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Good evening,

Deposit has been submitted and start date confirmed for June 20th at Morristown, NJ. Received my tracking for my school items. Still hasn’t hit me yet that I made the plunge! Super excited though!

-Kyle

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Oh it will! :wink:

Congrats Kyle! Literally the biggest and best step you can take to a career as a pilot!

Adam

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The feeling is quite surreal when you do that first deposit. I still catch myself sometimes surprised that I am actually doing this. It gets more and more surreal the further you get in the program and the more checkmarks you have.

Best of luck and keep in touch!

Wes

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Kyle,

That is awesome news! Please keep us up to date as you go through the program and of course please ask us any questions you may have.

Now get started on those written exams!

Chris

Kyle,

Congrats on the enrollment date! Morristown is just a hop-skip away from where I am at (Trenton). I hope to see you in passing.

Brady

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Welp,

Today I put my two weeks notice into the Chief of Police. Let me tell ya, huge weight off my shoulders! Huge support behind me from my wife and my family which goes a long way! Now I can fully focus on studying for my written exams before my June 20th start date.

Onto new adventures!

Regards,

Kyle

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Excited for you to begin your journey to becoming an airline pilot, Kyle!

I’m glad to hear that you have the support you need from your family. That’s huge.

Tory

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Kyle,

I bet that was an interesting feeling. I am sure you are looking forward to this next phase of your life.

That being said, thank you for all you did for us as a Police Officer. I sleep much better at night knowing that people like you are out there to keep us safe. While that job has changed greatly, there are still many of us that really respect Police and are thankful for the role they serve.

Chris

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@Chris @Tory

I appreciate your kind words! I had a good career, 7 1/2 years on the job. Was fortunate to get some great training and to be certified in many different things.

But to be honest, I’ve never been more excited to start my training towards an airline pilot. I can equate it to the excitement I got when I was drafted in the MLB draft. A childhood dream, and an experience I will never forget.

But this is all brand new to me so the reading and the videos are actually quite enjoyable.

-Kyle

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Kyle,

You’ve already had quite a life of excitement, it’s cool to think there is still much more to come! Keep that attitude through training especially when it gets tough.

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Hannah