Hi everyone -
I have only been on this site for 10 days now and I cannot tell you how much I have been challenged, inspired and motivated by the pilots on this forum –thank you for taking the time to provide honest, candid and even brutal information. It is very much appreciated.
A quick background - I am one of the older dreamers (41) looking to make a long time dream a reality. I recognize a lot of the same fears and concerns in other would be pilots as I do myself (financials, ROI, the firehose of information, leaving an established career for something wild and unknown) – but if so many others have had the courage to do this at my age (and older) successfully, I believe I can as well. I just need some encouragement to know that this isn’t as impossible as I once thought and that I can realistically have a career as a pilot potentially spanning 25yrs? I realize it’s going to take a lot of sacrifice, courage, dedication and support (and more money than I’ve ever seen). I came from South Africa 8 years ago with the dream of being an American, and now that I am, I feel the world is my oyster.
That said, I’m still petrified.
Firstly, the earliest I can start at ATP (in Ogden, UT) is March. In the meantime, would it be wise to get my PPL at our local flight school here in town, or is it better to start ATP from ground zero? (I will also get the written tests out the way).
Secondly, I have a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of South Africa – our degrees are 3 years, not 4 like the US. Does anyone know if the majors would take my degree into account even though it isn’t 4yrs? My understanding is airlines do differ in their requirements.
Again, thank you for all your time.