I have been reading through most of the discussions today and i’m encouraged to see i’m not the only one wrestling with some of the same questions/concerns.
I did have a few questions I didn’t already see about the actual training process and working as a CFI.
With the full time ATP 180 day program, is there any flexibility with taking time off? Say you have a trip scheduled before you start training or you’re in a friends’ wedding and need to take some time off, is that possible in the program or not realistic until you’re a CFI?
As far as scheduling goes, I get that seniority is key for ‘winning’ trip bids but what do you do on ‘off’ hours when not flying? Since you’re paid for flying, are there other ways to supplement your pay to help with loan debt or is that not realistic? 85-100 hours a month leaves 60-75 hours of ‘workable’ time.
Is that FAA limit going to change you think with pilot shortages or is that similar to DOT (dept of transportation) hours which keeps drivers from working too many hours and not being ‘sharp’?
Sorry, realized that’s a lot all together…