There are a few different ways to get all your ratings through ATP. Be aware that the 'academy style' programs (DCA, Pan Am, ect) are the usually most expensive. Flight schools & flying clubs are more affordable.
TheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1121 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
Flight schools and flying clubs may seem more affordable, but you also run the risk of more inefficient flight training, which in the end may cost you more. So as with all schools, look before you leap.
7574EVER From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 478 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1128 times:
*sigh* Another person taken in by the brilliant "Flight Academy" ads.
If your young and just getting out of highschool your better off going to an aviation university. There are a ton of great ones out there if you do a little research. However, be sure to get a few minors or a second major to have a lifeline if aviation doesn't work out.
Don't be taken in by the empty promises that many (to be fair, not all) of the academys flaunt. The one thing that almost all of them advertise is how they are the fast track to the right seat of a regional jet. They try to get you in and out a quickly as possible, often times leaving a large void in your knowledge and flying abilities.
Also, how do these academys get you to the airlines so fast? Company's like Gulfstream, Mesa, and TAB express use PFT (pay for training). Going through a program like this will make you a lot of enemies in the aviation community. Programs like these will get you to that jet job faster, however your flight time will be lacking. I dread the day I have to step onboard an RJ with a F/O who only has 250-500 hours.
Now picture this, you fly for an airline and are furloughed after a few months. Who else is going to hire you with your low time? NOBODY! The only reason you got that job in the first place was because your wonderful flight academy had an agreement with that particular airline. Now, after the lay off your sitting in the right seat of a 172 giving dual just like everyone else.
Bottom line...Go to college, get a degree, make new friends, and just enjoy the college experience. Trust me, it's something you don't want to miss out on. Don't be in any hurry to get to the airlines. The journey to get there the "normal" way is exciting, challenging, and fun. I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world!
Good Luck and happy (and safe) flying.
Right rudder....Right rudder...Come on, more right rudder....Right rudder......Aw forget it, I quit!!