I’ve read through the FAQ a little bit but I think my situation is a little unique so I’m hoping you could give some advice.
I’m going into my sophomore year of college, majoring in accounting, but I have taken on a keen interest to aviation. I’m looking to start my PPL at my local flight school but I go back to college at the end of August and I would probably not have enough time in between now and then to totally complete my PPL realistically. There aren’t really any flight schools nearby my college that I could pick up alongside my college work, meaning I’d either have to finish my PPL before I go back (like I said, probably not realistic), or take a huge gap in between this summer and next summer, which I hear is not advised. Finance isn’t really my top concern.
For reference, the Flight School local to me right now is a Part 141 school so I don’t think I can do flight school online with anyone like Gleim or Sporty’s, and this particular school’s program is a 14 week program.
My other option is I could just focus on my schooling and getting my degree now, and then pick up aviation after I graduate, but a few people have mentioned to me that it’s important to train as quickly as possible, as one year off the end of your career is worth ~350-400k.
I will also note that I took an intro flight with my local flight school, and while 30 minutes in the air was cool, it wasn’t really enough to convince me whether it was something I do or don’t want to do for the rest of my life. I’ve considered starting with just a few lessons at my flight school but someone recommended that I do ground school before starting flight training. Hopefully you can advise on this too.
I hope you are able to answer my slew of concerns and that the professionals here could give me a little bit of advice to get my priorities straight.