Starting from zero

Hello everyone,
It is my first post here, and I have many questions, but I have read all the topics here, and most of them were already answered. I’m starting ACPP at ATP Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 7th. I’m excited and anxious simultaneously; I know it will be a process of a lot of dedication and work; since I have no experience, I’m starting from zero.
I used to be a flight attendant, and after covid hit, I decided to pursue a new path, and it was when a Pilot career came to mind.
I want some tips on how to succeed, starting from zero. What should I start reading and studying before my program starts? I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, I was in a course for Hospitality, but then due to age (I’m 38), I decided to start ATP right away. I plan to finish it somehow after I’m ok with ATP.
Thanks in advance for all the tips I have seen here.

Marcio,

This is the single best thing you can do before you start:

Adam

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Marcio,

Welcome to the forum! I second Adam’s advice on working on the written exams. I would point out though that the program is designed for the writtens to be done while in training, so do not go overboard trying to get them all done. Take your time and do them well.

Chris

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Welcome to the forum Marcio!
With your upcoming start date, the PAR plus all your private pilot ground school king school modules is an attainable goal. The IRA might be a bit of a push unless you make quick work of the private pilot material. Just do your best! As much as you get done before you start the better, but no stress if not. The program has the writtens scheduled within the timeline.
-Hannah

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Hi Marcio!

I’m actually currently in the program and I cannot recommend getting the PAR done first enough. I did not and I regret it! Although some people may disagree with me, I would even have delayed my program a month if I had known how valueable it would be. While there is technically time, you’ll find it much less stressful if you don’t have that component to worry about.

-Jack

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Marcio,

How far are you into your training/hours? I also live in south Florida and looking into ATP. I’m also exploring other options as well. Do you have any advice?

Thanks
Stephen

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Hello Stephen,
I’m finishing up my private, going for my solos this week, and then checkride prep.
I started at ATP located at FXE Airport, but the program was too fast for me, so I decided to change to a different school located at PMP ( Pompano) and I could not be happier about my decision.
My advice is to explore all your options; South Florida has a lot of great flight schools, but you have to find the one that is a good fit for what you’re looking for. If you need any help let me know.
-Marcio

Which school May I ask?

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American Flyers.

Marcio,

I’m glad you found a school that suits you better and honestly not trying to dog you but I do have to ask a question? This is a question that comes to mind literally every time I hear someone say “the program was too fast for me”. Are you not concerned what’s going to happen when you get to an airline? ATP is tough and there’s no question the pace is fast (back when I went with credit for my PPL it was only 90 days!), BUT, it was nothing compared to newhire training at the airlines. I honestly don’t believe I would have been successful if ATP didn’t prepare to train at a faster pace and get comfortable with not being comfortable.

Adam

I did my intro flight there. How do you like it? Would you mind if we spoke on the phone?

Hey Adam,
Thank you for your feedback and advice. I agree with you, and I know, and I heard, that it is not easy when you get to an airline. I have that in mind. ATP is a great school, and I have nothing but good things to say about them. The fast track wasn’t the right fit for me at that moment.
Like I said to our colleague earlier, he can explore his options and find the school that fits his needs. I just told him how my program has been going and where I’m at right now.
Once again, thank you.

Marcio

Stephen,

As I said, I’m happy at my new school and I mentioned earlier to our mentor that I have nothing against ATP, they are great! It just wasn’t right for me at that time.
AF is a great school, I have no complaints.

Marcio
What’s your email please?