@Adam , @Tory , @Chris you are all great. A semi-related follow up. I would value each of your feedback.
TL:DR - If I have my PPL but I haven’t flown in a while and am quite rusty, would you recommend spending the time and money getting current with a local CFI instead of starting from scratch with ATP?
I’m considering a career change and going the ATP route. I have my PPL, however I’m not at all current, got it about 10 years ago and am short a few hours on both the 78 and the 8 hr xcountry.
Personal circumstances prevent me from starting for 2-3 months at ATP, at which point I’d be able to devote fully to it, 7 days a week. I’ve read everything you have said, “seniority, seniority, seniority”… I know, I know… I’m in total agreement, but 2-3 months is my timeline of when I can start.
MY QUESTION: My current thought is to spend the next 2-3 months flying with a CFI at a local airport as needed, refreshing myself with all the books and kingschools info I still have, and using CFI’s guidance on getting current again. The CFI I found also does BFR’s. I can devote myself a great deal to flying and studying, only not the 100% “all in” of ATP at the moment.
From your experience/best knowledge you can share, does this seem like a good idea? Feel free to say “yes, no, or hell no” at any time.
While starting from scratch puts me in ATP mode on Day One, my thought is I will spend nowhere near 20k that it would cost to start from scratch with ATP. I didn’t spend anywhere near 20k when I got my PPL the first time. (of course I get you don’t know what kind of pilot I am)
Can you offer thoughts, feedback, suggestions or things I’m not seeing?
Also, @Hannah @JLascomb @kcbaker appreciate you too!