When I was looking to apply, I didn’t find many/any threads on the new Flex program. I decided to jump in relatively blind and see what happens. So, for the sake of others, I will give a little info on what I’ve found so far…
I started 9/28 with my PPL and was approved through Sallie Mae with a co-signer (my wife). I currently work full time and I was not going to give my job up quite yet, so this seemed like a good path. I am currently flying 3-4 days a week. The nice part is you can set your availability on the Student Extranet, so if you need to block out certain days/times, its user friendly to do so.
However, no one is familiar with the program so we are kind of working through any kinks as they arise. I’ve had a few scheduling conflicts come up that were quickly remedied by letting the training staff know. Although the minimum is 15 flight hours a month, I am around 35-40 so far. So the minimum is extremely easy to achieve. There is nothing different so far amongst the actual training environment being a Flex student.
The other unknown right now is how Crew and CFI will fit into the schedule. I know on the ATP website it says with an instructor, but no one at the training center knows how it will work out. Especially if you can only fly certain days. I will update that when we get more info.
If for some reason you want time off, you don’t have to worry about getting it “approved”, just block the time out and you’re good to go. I have a new baby on the way so the chance to slow down in the new few weeks will be nice to split training and family time.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.