So I’m finally listening to that little voice I’ve had telling me I need to go into aviation. I grew up around aviation — my dad is a Captain and has flown nearly 30 years now for American. I’ve talked to him about becoming a pilot, and he’s understandably excited.
I’ve tried to do as much due diligence about ATP as I can. It seems like there’s a lot of variables that can determine how the experience goes and adjusts the timeline when someone is starting from 0 hours to start day at a regional. So I wanted to ask some questions!
First, about me: I am 30 years old, and I’m currently living in Indianapolis. Married for two years, and we welcomed a daughter in June. I also have a stepdaughter from my wife’s previous marriage. Because my dad is excited about me having a serious interest in this industry, I’m extremely fortunate that financing schooling won’t be an issue.
Here are my questions:
The IND location seems fairly new, and small? I saw someone on here say there’s only one plane, and it looks like I would have to get my MEI, Instrument rating and other certifications at a different location? I expected that with the CFI, but just wanting to make sure I’d have to get the others at other locations?
My dad lives in Jacksonville — what’s the likelihood I can do training at the ATP there? I know from reading other posts it’s impossible to know if I could do CFI there after the program, but I want to make sure I could see JAX as an option. If it is, could I do the intro flight here in IND and then school in JAX?
I didn’t see anything about ATP offering housing in IND, which makes me believe doing CFI there is impossible? With one plane anyway I think would make it incredibly difficult. Would Louisville or Cincinnati be viable options if JAX also doesn’t pan out?
This is the big one — I’m potentially spending 2 1/2 years away from my family. It’s a huge commitment. My wife is 100% in support because she knows big picture what this career could do for me and the family. She’s a saint. Any advice on basically how to just manage being apart from my family would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry for the novel, but I appreciate any answers or insight.