Hello all, planning on taking the plunge in a couple months to join ATP after I finish settling some accounts (clearing out any debts/getting Lasik/various other life chores). I currently live in Austin, TX although I moved here for a network engineer job and at 33 I’m done with IT. Austin rent is becoming ridiculous because landlords figure they can exploit all the new high-income IT folk moving here (aka me) just like Silicon Valley so ideally within a few years I’ll be moving back to San Antonio since I don’t plan on working in IT anymore.
To cut to the chase, I see there are locations in Austin, San Antonio and Houston that all 3 would be okay. Austin because my lease doesn’t end til May, San Antonio because it’s where all my friends live and where I want to live in the future, and Houston. Houston is where my dad lives, and he lives like 10 minutes away from the Ellington Airport location there. I’m thinking of negotiating and early termination to my lease here in Austin and doing the ACPP there in Houston and save a ton on rent money. From what an ATP rep told me over the phone, that location is one they are currently hiring CFIs at too (as opposed to a wait list at other spots)
Would I be able to finish the program there in Houston and either
- get hired as a CFI at a different location after the 7 months in Houston (aka San Antonio ideally)
- work as a CFI there in Houston til around the 2 year mark where I could either move to an airline or ‘worst case’ transfer my position to another location (living at my Dad’s while earning money would certainly help me pay it off faster) or
- just start the ACPP at the location I want to live and work in the future? (ie… San Antonio)