I have been planning to start up the ATP program beginning of next year. However, I have come across a difficult decision whether or not ATP would be the best option for me with some options that lye before me. My Dad is an airplane owner and has recently offered me up his airplane for my training as long as I am to pay for fuel. First of all, does ATP offer any option for private airplane use for a lower price of training? Second, my brother is also training to become an airline pilot and we would plan on splitting the cost of fuel for use of my Dad’s plane. Would it be better for us to work on our ratings/hours on our own rather than through ATP? I would believe that it is much more affordable to do the private, self-paced route than through ATP, correct? My only concern is how difficult would it be to get the 1500 hrs on a self-paced program in a reasonable amount of time? And would the likeliness of being hired to a regional airline go down once reaching the 1500 hrs?
I understand that ATP would probably be the quickest way to go to reaching the 1500 hours, but becoming an instructor with ATP doesn’t sound too appealing to me as I have never desired of becoming a teacher. I am typically a more quiet, reserved kind of guy.