This is a good program for those outside who have a great foundation. Those from outside seem to really do well in this program and pass as long as they were prepared going in. Honestly this was one of the best programs they had and when they got rid of it I had to wondered. I would ONLY guess its back to make money because there are some locations whom have lower enrollment. I think PFN from talking to my buddies only had 2 students start last month. When they could do as many as 8ACP and 8 privates. So out of 16 or a little less openings only had two come. ANyways its all about money. Dont let them tell ya anything else. This is a way for them to make a buck at the days end. Worth going to though. One of the three programs at ATP I'd recommend.
I highly recommend the CMEL add on. However not out of FTY. By the time you get out of the ATL airspace and into the pratice area you wasted a lot of your time getting to the pratice area. Actually when I left FTY wasnt even offering it any more. I'd recommend a SUA/DAB/PFN for the CMEL add on if you could. Just you can get out of the airspace and back in easily and do pattern work right there on the field if not near by. In addition the ATP for those whom are going to get their rating. Now that the inclusive CFI program is back I HIGHLY recommend doing that. However I really only think ATP structure for the CFI program is really suited for those who have a SOLID foundatoin at the private level and IRA.... If you do the CFI program is cake as well.What are the other 2 programs you'd recommend ? I'm thinking of doing a commercial multi add-on at FTY, would you recommend them ? It's pricier than some other places, but I think it would be fast-paced, which is desirable in my case.
I know in Vegas, ATP submits your name to the FSDO and the FSDO comes back with a list of either DEs or FAA with the applicants name next to one or the other. You dont get to pick. When I was there last summer they said that for a few months it will be nothing but DEs and then the next month it will be nothing but FSDO.Are they going to be going back to DE's or are they still gonna have to use the FSDO for the initial.. I thought that was part of the problem, that the guys at the FSDO were failing people left and right? Either way, its good to have an option like this back....I have heard good things about the program...
Even better, if you do it with the FSDO you don't have to pay the initial examination fee either.To be honest, I would take a FSDO. The CFI initial is supposed to be hard. Something like only 17% of people pass the first time. If you do it with the FSDO, you dont have to pay a re-examination fee.
If you show up without your writtens done, you probably arent even going to be ready to be signed off.Does anyone know about any blogs about the CFI school at ATP? I'm actually considering do this with ATP, so I'm looking for insight on the intensity of the groundschool. Are you required to show up with the CFI writtens done?