I'm debating whether or not I should go to one of those weekend ATP courses (like at ATP, etc) and knock out the ticket on my own time/dime (possibly with GI bill assistance). I took the written in Dec 06, so I have about six months until it expires (unless, of course, I remain at the same 121 carrier and use it to upgrade). With the state of the industry, who knows if I'll still have a job when it's my turn to upgrade (or even when that will be). I'd hate to let the written expire w/o taking the practical and then have to retake it, but I'll probably end up reviewing it all the material anyway to prepare for the checkride. As I see it, I can spend about $3000 now and get it out of the way, making myself more marketable if I do end up having to find another job. Plus, if I am still employed at my current company, won't having an ATP (versus a CPL) possibly make the upgrade test a little less grueling (since it'll be a reissuance rather than an initial and the examiner won't have to test me on ALL the areas of the PTS)??