First off thanks to the mentors who likely volunteer their time and even if they are compensated it undoubtedly is less than deserved.
About me - Almost 39 and like many very seriously considering moving to a career that as as kid I thought I would be by now. I have thoroughly read this board so I will try to keep my questions to some a bit unique to me and not reask:
- The zero hour v. PPL start options differ by 3 months in completion. If I am able to finish an accelerated PPL in 4-5 weeks at a large local school would I be better off if completion time is important?
- Assuming that I go to the Denver location, I have read that crew XC (1-2 weeks?) and CFI training (few weeks) is accomplished away. What other time away from home could I expect?
- Beyond solo requirements necessary for licensing, mostly PPL, how much other solo flying is done?
- I have a finance/strategy MBA background and have been trained to climb corporate ladders. For those that come from this background, how do you reconcile the idea that your advancement has very little to do with your performance (assuming you are above threshold good)? This is something that has been gnawing at me a bit.
5 I understand how things work with CFI assignments if one stays at ATP, regional domiciling etc but my wife is a successful physician and makes more than a senior major captain plus we have 2 kids under 3 so I have much more financial than geographical flexibility. Beyond commuting around a radius (SLC, DFW, …) what else can I do to give myself the best chance at having a say over my location?
I think 5 is a good number of questions to stop at! Thanks in advance for the insights and hope this helps others beyond me as well,
Edit: I have a few hours in PA28s and am lucky enough to have a generous friend with a Mirage so no intro flight necessary!