Hello, I’m Alexander.
My interest for joining the aviation industry has been huge as of lately. I grew up flying around a lot with the benefits my Dad had from working for American Airlines, and for a short time at Delta (may have sparked my interest of flying). After graduating I served a two year LDS Mission in the Dominican Republic with a life changing experience with service to others.Not knowing what I really wanted to do after, I’ve been going from job to job. I realized that I want to just settle down and focus on something that will benefit me in the grander scheme of things. Growing up and always being told to go to college is something that has stuck with me but I never wanted to start without knowing what I really wanted to do. As I’ve reflected to my youth days I realized that I loved math, physics, and anything with numbers. I have of recent realized that I also love helping people. One occasion when speaking with my dad bout life he suggested being a pilot? Confused about this suggestion, I was also intrigued. I mean it basically summed up everything that I enjoyed in school and life.
After some research I’ve heard and have read a lot about ATP, being the best and also a fast route to becoming what I in the end hope to be, which is a Commercial Pilot. I’m currently located in Utah, a little ways out from the nearest ATP Flight School. Working a 9-5 job. I’m 22 and stay with my aunt. I’m ambitious, hardworking, and ready for a change.
I’ve flown around the US and on a few occasions to other countries countless amounts of times, but I have never been behind the wheel. I don’t have a private license or any experience with flying in that aspect and I guess my question is, should I go to ATP Flight School? If so is there any requirements to get in? My family is pretty tight on money so I know finances will be fully upon me and me alone, and with what I’ve read it seems like a loan would be the best route? I’ve read also that it’s not recommended to work a part time job at the same time of studying, so you can fully concentrate and what not. With that being said should I work and save up before attending or could I work at the same time? I’ve heard about the USAFA and the Marines but haven’t really found a clear route to it leading me to be a Commercial Pilot so I don’t know if that’s really a option? Don’t really know anyone whose a pilot or in the process, but thank goodness for the internet. I’ve been able to find some good information, but nothing beats human interaction so I brought my concerns here.
(Sorry for the life story) Hope to hear from ya’ll soon. Please be brutally honest and very thorough with your answers.