Wow, how time flies!
Passed my Comm. Multi add-on checkride this past Sunday afternoon. Now studying for MEI, and my checkride is scheduled for next Wednesday. It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over 5.5 months since I started the program, and that I am almost done! If all goes well Wednesday, I will finish the program at exactly the 6-month mark, plus 3 days…right on schedule, as promised.
It’s been quite a journey through the program, and looking forward to the next step.
Michael, congrats!! Great achievement and good luck on you Wednesday checkride.
Awesome accomplishment. Please let us know when you have completely finished the program. Almost there
Is that 6 months with the PPL already or from zero time?
That was 6 months coming in with credit for Private.
Thanks for the info and congrats on your accomplishment! I hope to join you in the skies soon!
Congrats Mike, it must feel great to have this step behind you. You got the ratings done is 6 months, which is amazing! My question is, how accurate were the estimation of hours and fees? Did you need 20 - 30 percent more flying (and costs), or where the estimates for the program right on the money ?
I’m sure Mike will respond but why would you think he (or anyone else) would requires 20-30% more flying?
I’m also curious (like Adam) where you saw anything about 20-30% extra?
I did not require any extra hours or fees, and actually at most stages I finished each stage with a few hours left over (some of these you can roll into a later stage, some you can’t; for instance, I opted out of crew when I met the minimum hours to do so and applied the extra hours to Commercial Single engine, so I had more time to practice the Commercial maneuvers).
Overall, as mentioned in my previous post, the program advertises 6 months from Credit Private to completion, and I will end the program at exactly the 6-month mark plus 3 days, which I certainly consider right on time!
As far as fees, there were no hidden fees or unexpected surprises for the most part. The only thing I didn’t realize was, I had to discontinue my CFI initial checkride due to weather (passed the oral portion but couldn’t fly that day due to low ceilings.) I had to pay $450 to continue on the day I flew, which came out of the checkride fees in my loan. They do not account for that, so essentially that leaves me on the hook for $450 now to put towards my last checkride (MEI)…thank God for tax returns!
That portion was not discussed with finance when I took out the loan; I’m not sure if they allow you to add some extra into the loan as a cushion or not (perhaps someone else is familiar with this?) If they do, I would certainly suggest doing so.
But other than that, right on time and budget as promised!
Yes, you can add a bit to the loan app (at least sallie mae). But it may affect your loan rate.
Nice work Michael! How many hours did you have when you entered the program?
Where are you working at all during this time?
I had 87 hours total if memory serves me correctly.
I accepted a position outside of ATP back home at the school I got my PPL at.