First Steps

It’s finally that time after lurking on this forum for God knows how long.
I graduate college in May and have already begun the steps to be enrolled in flight school. I’ve gotten my medical with no problems, received an offer from Sallie Mae (have not accepted it yet, still reviewing all my options from other lenders), and have scheduled an introductory flight at my local ATP location for January 15th (changed from the 14th due to weather). To say I’m nervous is an understatement, but I look forward to asking plenty of questions when I take the tour of the facility. I’m also looking forward to accepting a funding offer and officially scheduling a start date so I can get started on my writtens. Goal is definitely to get all of them done prior.

Ben

Ben,

Remember your Admission Flight is not a test, have fun and be open-minded. It is an opportunity for you to see if you would enjoy flying along with being able to learn from a flight instructor. Remember Chris posted a thread on questions to ask:

Please let us know how the introductory flight goes and if you have any questions that we can help you with.

Brady

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Ben,

That’s great! You have been around here for quite some time so you know the drill! Relax, enjoy it and let us know how it goes!

Hannah

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Congrats Ben!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been wondering when or if with you for a while! :wink:

Adam

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February 1st update. At this point, I’ve taken my introductory flight. It got delayed about a week due to weather, I guess I’m getting a taste of the plans the weather will have for us. :rofl:
Additionally, I have accepted my loan terms and scheduled a start date with ATP for June 12th, after I graduate college. Deposit has also been made, they gave me the old price as promised.
I look forward to receiving my materials from ATP in the mail, and I intend to knock out as many writtens as possible prior to starting, as well as the ATP Orientation study modules. Very lucky to have a testing center about 10 minutes from me at college right now. The nerves are still running free from willingly accepting a loan of such magnitude but I know it will be worth it.

I appreciate all of the mentors’ advice and the time and effort they put in daily to help other aspiring pilots like myself. This website has been an invaluable resource for me and I look forward to keeping you all updated with my progress.

Thanks, Ben

Ben,

Thanks for checking in, as you see weather is a huge factor in our everyday flying. As you progress through the program there will be days that you can do ground/simulator events when one minute it was flyable weather and the next hour its not.

June 12th is a good way away to get cranking on those writtens as you said. I think you could get almost every single one completed. The ATP Orientation modules are a requirement to have completed so focus on those first and since you have time, you could space it out over a week to not overload yourself or factor into your current schedule.

I look forward to seeing progress updates and your experiences.

Brady

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Ben,

Thank you for updating us. Please let us know how we can help you along the way and keep those updates coming!

Chris

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Ben,

Nice! After all this time participating on the forum and soaking up knowledge, it’s your turn to step in the ring. June will be here before you know it. Appreciate the last few months and make sure to share a pic after graduation.

Hannah

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