So, I want to do this because I think it will be helpful to students in the future who are in my position, and I don’t see anyone else having done exactly this. I have embarked on this awesome journey that so many of us will travel. With my start date fast approaching (March 19 at JAX), and lots of work still to be done, I want to give some perspective throughout my journey for those who are looking to begin theirs after me.
After being approved for my loan and passing the first class medical all on the same day (yesterday, Jan 9), it’s time to get to work. In this thread, I will update as much as I can my journey from zero time to the airlines, and if I can help even one person prepare in the future, that would be awesome.
How I prepared: The entire process has actually been a few years long already. From first looking at ATP back in 2015 to finally signing up yesterday, hours (weeks) of research went in to what I was getting myself into, what was going to be required of me, and some ways that I could get through it more efficiently. One thing I’ll say about this entire process is that doing prior research is going to be so incredibly important. If you don’t do it, you’re doomed to fail. So, here I am, a day later, and I’ve started my ground school training immediately. So far so good, but it’s only been a few hours. As I progress, I will update this thread, and maybe it will help you. Let’s begin this journey together, it’s gonna be a hell of a ride.
1/11/18: While making consistent progress through the Kings school ground school/test prep course, I realized something that is going to be of vital importance. I’ll use this as a mantra going forward. “Get ahead, stay ahead.” The program is 9 months, but with the right amount of work, especially pre-program, I feel like that time could be cut down by a month or two. Three months to get a private? Not on my watch. 2 months is the goal. Guess we’ll see.
BIG EDIT #1: 2 weeks of 5-8 hour days of studying for the PAR paid off. Getting the program started off right with a 95%.
Piece of advice. On the website, it is recommended to take the IRA and FII within close proximity to each other. Absolutely 100% do this. The FII had pretty much the SAME EXACT questions on them as the IRA did. So, don’t wait to take the FII after the IRA and risk forgetting some of the stuff. It’s a very easy test.