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TKOwnedU5
11-12-2018, 09:09 AM
Hello everyone,


Been on this forum for some time now and have posted some threads back when I was fresh out of high school. Fast forward to today and I have taken advice from local pilots and many of you on this site. I recently just graduated college with a B.S in Business Administration with a focus in Logistics. I have about 3 years of management experience under my belt and have learned a lot throughout my experiences through college and the business world. I am now 23 years old and ready to take this leap, going full throttle into flight training. I'm not happy with what I am doing currently. Aviation as always been my passion of mine and its about time I just go for it.


Currently I live in Fort Walton Beach FL, I have visited VPS and KPNS and looked into their flight programs. So far I'm not all too enthused with my choices. I have nothing here holding me back from traveling out of state for other options...I have looked at ATP, US Aviation Academy, Aerosim, and Epic Flight Academy. My main goal is to get all my ratings quickly as possible without spending $100,000's. So my question for all of you is, where should I spend my time flight training? Thanks for all your help!


- Tony


misterpretzel
11-12-2018, 05:14 PM
Wherever you decide to go, make sure you ask about dpe availabltily. That can really slow down your mojo

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sourdough44
11-13-2018, 02:47 AM
Do you have your private now? If not, how about starting it locally? Like yesterday.


TKOwnedU5
11-13-2018, 06:25 AM
Do you have your private now? If not, how about starting it locally? Like yesterday.



I do not, Iíve seen some flight schools that offer 0 time all the way through commercial and CFI. Doing my ppl locally would save me a few grand Iím sure.


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kingsnake2
11-13-2018, 06:45 AM
Wherever you decide to go, make sure you ask about dpe availabltily. That can really slow down your mojo

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US Aviation is Self-Examining for Private, Instrument, and Commercial, so DPEs are a huge challenge for us.

aluce63
11-13-2018, 08:33 AM
I think ATP is a great option, however a little expensive... especially since I believe they want everything up front. The professional pilot program they advertise in that amount of time is really the biggest reason why I considered it. The sooner you get done the better. I am out in Utah and it took me 1.5 years to go from private to my CFI, and I spent under 45k. Go talk with ATP and see if you like it. If not check out your local part 61 "ma' and pop" flight schools. they are usually-pay-as-you-go/"affordable" and at your own pace, fast or slow.

JetJock77
11-13-2018, 09:04 AM
International Aero Academy, Lakeland Florida. You can interview with United Express (Trans States Airlines) before ever starting your training. If accepted get a conditional letter of employment. Go from zero to CFI in 8 months, then work there as a flight instructor, once you get your hours you go straight to Trans States. During all of this you get free travel on United, they will increase your CFI pay by $5 per hour and when you start at Trans States you will do so with 3 months seniority.

0-CFI for less than $55,000

TKOwnedU5
11-13-2018, 09:10 AM
I think ATP is a great option, however a little expensive... especially since I believe they want everything up front. The professional pilot program they advertise in that amount of time is really the biggest reason why I considered it. The sooner you get done the better. I am out in Utah and it took me 1.5 years to go from private to my CFI, and I spent under 45k. Go talk with ATP and see if you like it. If not check out your local part 61 "ma' and pop" flight schools. they are usually-pay-as-you-go/"affordable" and at your own pace, fast or slow.



1.5 years ppl to cfi all under $45k? Was that at ATP?


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TKOwnedU5
11-13-2018, 09:11 AM
International Aero Academy, Lakeland Florida. You can interview with United Express (Trans States Airlines) before ever starting your training. If accepted get a conditional letter of employment. Go from zero to CFI in 8 months, then work there as a flight instructor, once you get your hours you go straight to Trans States. During all of this you get free travel on United, they will increase your CFI pay by $5 per hour and when you start at Trans States you will do so with 3 months seniority.



0-CFI for less than $55,000



This sounds like a great option to look into. Did you attend this Academy yourself?


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aluce63
11-14-2018, 11:27 AM
[QUOTE=TKOwnedU5;2707587]1.5 years ppl to cfi all under $45k? Was that at ATP?
I did not go to ATP. Just a small part 61 school at U42. ATP offers a much faster program than 1.5 years.

TKOwnedU5
11-16-2018, 11:44 AM
Iím torn between atp and epic flight academy. Both are expensive, I do believe epic is cheaper and offers a full tuition reimbursement. Just not sure if itís smart to shell $60-80k dollars.


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kingsnake2
11-16-2018, 11:56 AM
Iím torn between atp and epic flight academy. Both are expensive, I do believe epic is cheaper and offers a full tuition reimbursement. Just not sure if itís smart to shell $60-80k dollars.


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US Aviation also now has Wells Fargo loans available for the full program and is cheaper than ATP.

Accelerated Career Program | US Aviation Academy (http://www.usaviationacademy.com/accelerated-career-program/)

FlyingDawgg
11-17-2018, 06:14 PM
Check out both flight schools in Milton too!

TKOwnedU5
11-17-2018, 06:15 PM
Check out both flight schools in Milton too!



I had my flight examiner recommend one of the Milton flight schools as well. Didnít know there were two of them.


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TKOwnedU5
01-05-2019, 12:12 PM
Check out both flight schools in Milton too!



I looked into both of those flight schools in Milton. One of them required all the money up front while the other, Trident Air was pay as you go. Anybody know where I could get full funding $40-60k to do their professional pilot program?


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