One of my good friends in the program was terminated, but frankly, it was no surprise. This person was sweet as could be and didn't create any stink, as such, but just didn't.. Cut it. I'm sad to say. It does take a lot for this to happen, but it can.
He had one of those experiences when you come home from a cross country flight and was told 'You have your Commercial checkride tomorrow'. (It happened to me too. /ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif If you go through this program; As soon as your TT hits 250, be ready for that commercial checkride.)
So he paniched and demanded not to take that v-ride. Which created scheduling problems for the company, which got the VP involved, which can be bad.. In the end, he was given a week's extension, to get the knowledge down (His flying was good, just the bookknowledge was severely lacking) and still busted the checkride. (On the oral part. Surprise, surprise.)
That didn't go down too well.
At this point he was told that his training was terminated, but they worked it out so he got another try at just finishing the commercial, then given a week to read more, then retook the commercial, and this time passed.
He left, but was ultimately allowed to come back to give the CFI phase a go, attended the ground school, but again busted the v-ride. (Didn't know how to contact FSS via a Remote Communication Outlet. Basic PP knowledge. This was just the straw that broke the camel's back.)
This time it was no question about it, he had to leave.
Point being; It can happen, but rarely does. Most people who can't cut it are weeded out during the initial interviews, but sometimes someone does slip through.
The program is hard and demanding, make no mistake, but it's far far from so demanding only super-humans can do it. Average Joe-blo can easilly do it, /if he studies/! /ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif
My friend is the only one I've ever seen kicked out, and I've met many that went through it without any hitch.
The rule of thumb is that if you pink the same v-ride twice you're out, but I've even met one guy who busted the same v-ride twice and two other checkrides, 4 in total, and still allowed to finish the program.
ATP can't and won't guarantee the ratings, that would just be redicilous, but they do make every reasonable effort to get you through.
In short, don't worry. /ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif If you make it through the interviews and work hard, you shouldn't have any problems, at all. Most of the time bad things happen because some people really don't try. They think they pay the money and get the ratings. Simple as that. And once in a blue moon someone comes along who just weren't ment to be a pilot.
It's rare though, so with hard work anyone can do it. /ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif
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