Well, I’m excited! My start date for the Fast Track program is Aug 16 at KOGD.
I thought I’d start a thread with my experience for those who might be in a similar situation, and I feel it’s good motivation to keep myself accountable as I progress through the program. Although I do have plenty of people to keep myself accountable to (wife and kids, future pax).
A bit about me. I’m 30 years old, married with two kids (4 and 2) with one on the way. This whole thing wouldn’t be possible without a supportive family willing to take us in as I go through the program and having enough savings to help through the lean years of instructing.
After getting a master’s and then spending an additional 3 years in graduate school working towards a PhD studying infectious diseases, I realized I’m not looking forward to a future career as a scientist. I took a few l flight lessons a couple months ago and I really enjoyed them, but I realized I wouldn’t be able to comfortably support the needs of the family, provide for their wants, and fly recreationally as a scientist.
Being an airline pilot piqued my interest in high school, and flying never really left me (career aptitude tests always had it top 10). So here I am, 1st class medical in hand and a start date with ATP!
I picked the fast track program with ATP due to a strong recommendation from a friend who went through the program, the numerous airline partnerships, demonstrated success producing commercial pilots, and the speed at which it accomplishes that goal (I’m not old, but every month counts!).
As daunting as the next several years will undoubtedly be, I’m excited!