Hi everyone, my name is Kyle and I have been a reader on these forums for quite some time. I figured it was finally time for me to introduce myself. I’m 30 years old and have been a police officer for about 7-years. The main purpose for inquiring about ATP is for a complete career change. Although I love the profession of a police officer, there has always been an interest in becoming a pilot and I figured it’s better late than never. I also did an introductory flight back in September that was absolutely incredible and solidified my mindset on this change. I am currently looking at a tentative start date in May once I finish my graduate thesis and once I ensure the funds work out.
Per the advice of the mentors on this site, I intend to complete the exams prior to the start of training. Also, I know it is highly recommended to not be attending school during training as well, hence the May start date. However, I am exercising the idea of doing my private certification through another company while working and finishing school to further expedite the ATP training process. I have a wife and infant child so the primary reason would be to avoid a gap in pay as long as possible. I’m definitely trying to weigh the pros and cons between being at ATP for the full zero-pilot program or with private credit.
I really appreciate everything you all have done to make this forum such a wealth of knowledge and I really look forward to being part of your community.