This question is more particular to my situation but I have seen a few that have similar situations. My flexibility is a little more limited than those that I have seen.
I’ve started my lessons for my PPL at a locate airport and plan to at least see that out. The nearest ATP to me is Kansas City but is about a 2.5 hour drive one way. Although the flex track seemed the viable option, I’d likely only be able to make it there 2 weekends a month at max and that’s assuming weather is permitting to fly.
Otherwise, I could finish my current apprenticeship, finish an associates degree, and potentially work at a Part 135 after getting my certs at a local airport. I could then finish for a bachelors. I know United works with a couple 135’s to transition in their Aviate program.
Would ATP be worth the commute and money? Or would I be be losing out because I can’t be closer to take full advantage of its training?
The hard part of this decision is the understanding that seniority is key. Relocating my family is not something I’m willing to do and flex track to instructor doing my commute seems like too much. Ideally if there is anyone that has/is doing the flex track if you could highlight your experience a little more if appreciate it.