Did this forum recently change? I ask, as I was exploring ATP close to a year ago, and I remember a different forum that I was a member on.
Anyways, almost a year ago, I really came to the conclusion that I’m not getting any younger, I’m 27, and I really wanted to actually go after my dream to become a commercial airline pilot. My mom was a flight attendant for American for 35 years and I grew up flying with her, meeting pilots, etc., from a very young age. I’ve always loved aviation and aviation history! About 8 months ago or so, I decided to begin my PPL training as I figured, if I enjoy my private training, I will get an idea if this is something I want to go after for the rest of my life. I’ve absolutely loved my PPL training here in Reno, NV, and just finished my long cross country solo a couple days ago. I have a couple more hours of night flight to obtain, and then I begin studying training for my check ride, oral and written etc. I hope to have my cert within a month.
What do I do next? I’m currently working 2 jobs to afford my PPL… The thought of not working for around a year or so, really terrifies me. Especially knowing that I won’t be making any sort of “decent” money, for the next 6 or so years… I’m not going after aviation for the money, of course that is nice, but it appears to be a profession I can wake up, and be excited for, for the rest of my life.
How did you guys afford it? I don’t have any family I can lean on etc.
Do I work my butt off for the next 2 years and try to save as much as I can? I also want to start going after an online degree as I know the majors will require that. Or do I go headfirst into a crazy amount of debt, and start working towards a degree while I’m working as a CFI, Regional pilot? I know this is my decision to make, but I really need some advice. I’m afraid some of the advice I receive, might be from kick back incentivized graduates perhaps? I’d like to save money (hard to do as I’m trying to pay of my PPL training), but I also really want to start building my hours and experience to get a job with a regional.
Anyways, sorry for the long winded post, just trying to seek some advice.