Thanks for the response Chris. I am 19 and graduate from high school in May and my biggest struggle right now is just figuring out the path. I have applied to Purdue and Indiana State and both have aviation programs. I am also looking at Vincennes University which has a two year aviation program and then the final two yeas could be finished up at Purdue. All these options would allow me to accomplish both the BS degree and all of my aviation requirements I believe to become a commercial pilot…other than the hours I need and most likely at a greater expense.
This brings me to ATP which I love the fast track program and the ability to be placed as a CFI to earn my hours. Getting the 1500 hours to be a regional pilot can’t be accomplished any easier than ATP right? I mean coming out of a collegiate program will not get me placed as a CFI as easy as ATP?
So my plan initially was save some money, get my PPL local and then go into the ATP 40 hour fast track program and the become a CFI at ATP, earn my hours to then pursue a career at a regional. While at the regional take online courses to acquire my BS and then hopefully one day jump into the big leagues.
But that one line of text suggesting I will need an associates degree to fly regional might have me looking at the collegiate route. Thoughts?
I mean I can’t receive CFI placement at ATP if I go the college route. How easy is it to find the huge flow of CFI hours outside of ATP?
How’s that for an overwhelming amount of questions? Sorry just trying to do all the research I can before I make this huge investment.
It appears the college route will cost about $40,000 - $60,000 more depending on where I go (this does not take into account the cost of an online university)