First, please excuse my bad English.
I’m 36, just finishing my 5 years being in the military and want to become a pilot. I already understand the GI Bill only covers about $7k-9k for ATP program. My questions are about the salary’s timeline for the 1st few years after finishing the ATP program.
According to ATP Airline pilot career earning pay chart 2023, after finishing the 7-month program, I will become an ATP instructor working for about $30k-40k / year for the next 2-3 years until I have 1,500 flying hours requirement to work for Regional Airline.
1: But I have to start paying back my tuition loan 6 months after finishing the program, thus how can I survive for the next 2+ years working as an ATP instructor?
2: Is it correct that I have to become an ATP instructor until I get 1,500 flying hours?
3: I also research about Airline sponsorship. Can I get into the program after finishing the 7-months program or I have to get 1,500 hours before being in the sponsorship program?
4: My main question is: For the common scenario, I will finish my ATP program and work as an ATP instructor making $30k-40k/ year for the next 2+ years before actually getting 1,500 hours to become a First Officer at Regional Airplane, is there any way to make more salary during this instructor timeline?
I live close to Arlington, TX location and would like to meet in person with an ATP staff here but the only phone number is the general number from Florida. Is there any way I can make an appointment in person to ask more questions since I actually have many questions to ask such as: (Admission, financing, salary, career plan,etc.) The online agent is not really helpful at all.
I hope to meet someone who has experience and living in the DFW area so I can meet in person for dinner to learn more information.
Thank you so much.