I am currently a line man at a local city airport and am going to start working on my pilots license soon. I am strongly considering ATP but am unsure at weather or not I should start at zero hours or not. I have found an amazingly cheep but respected flight club to learn at and have saved enough to afford a PPL and IFR rating there. I also have the opportunity to build hours in ride alongs with in planes such as king air B200’s and pilatus pc-12’s. All the pilots are former flight instructors.
My question is this: should I stay where I am and save money and build hours, or should I leave it to join ATP? And would I be even able to join ATP and become a flight instructor if I get my PPL and IFR from somewhere else?
Thank you for the responses.