At 51 Years Young!
My friend Dan sent me a message this week asking advice on where and how to start the process to become a pilot at the age of 51. I'm posting his questions for anyone who knows the answers, to help him get started.
"I'm currently living in New York City. ATP has a branch on Long Island, which is a possibility, but its so expensive - close to $80k, and they don't guarantee a job as a flight instructor unless you pass all check out rides on the first go.?
Does anyone know anyone know anything about ATP...
- Do they have a good reputation in the industry?
- Are a lot of students known to be hired by them after graduation, and are they able to build a lot of hours?
- Can pilots who log the 1500 hours through ATP (assuming #1 & #2 above are in the affirmative) expect to get a job with a regional right away?
An alternative track I'm considering is to follow that of one of my tenants who is 26 and just landed a job with a regional. He said he bought a plane for $20k, spent another $45k getting lessons, building hours by flying around the country and then sold the plane. He then flew cargo for a while, until he had the hours to begin with a small commuter airline. Curious if you would theoretically support this path or if the regional airlines would less inclined to hire someone with this experience?" Dan
Your Advice is Much Appreciate!
Help Dan find his way
on the path to becoming a pilot!