Yes. When applying for the loan, some people request extra money to cover
living expenses. As the sole provider of a family you need to really think
about whether or not this is the right career for you.
You will need to make yourself available for 8 hours per day to stay on
track. There may be times when you will need to train on the weekends too.
Plus, not all of the training is conducted at the training center that you
selected. For example, CFI training is done in North Las Vegas, Mesa,
Jacksonville, and one other location that I can’t remember. CFI school is
2-4 weeks long.
There is also a period in the program called Crew Cross Country. During
this phase you will be paired up with another instrument rated pilot and
fly 4-6 hours a day repositioning airplanes across several of ATP’s
locations. This helps build the required cross country time for your
commercial certificate and helps ATP with aircraft maintenance. Crew XC is
2 weeks long.
Then, if you want to instruct for ATP, you will need to go through 2 weeks
of standardization. That will be conducted in Jacksonville or Mesa.
Choosing your preferred location to teach as a CFI at ATP requires some
luck. You may not get the location you want at first. Requests for your
preferred location can be made and you can transfer when a spot becomes
Base selection at the airlines work the exact same way.
Many students with families have been successful at ATP, but sacrifices had
to be made. I just want you to make sure that you’ve covered all of your
bases before you make this important decision.
Please ask us any other questions you have and look around on the forum. A
lot of your questions may have already been answered.