Well, ladies and gentlemen, I've begun* my ATP Flight School odyssey. In this thread, I hope to keep a blog of sorts with my experiences with the school, the aircraft, and instructors. The plan, at this point, is to update the thread at least once per week with highlights, "low lights," and running tally of hours. I might add a photo to two depending circumstances. Disclaimers: The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the actual ATP policy, philosophy, etc. All names, where appropriate, have been changed. The experiences are those of the individuals and will vary based upon training location, time of year, market conditions, barometric pressure, and the market rate for pork bellies. Not responsible for lost or stolen articles. No outside drinks. Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Background: I have a Private Pilot Certificate with about 130 hrs total time, all in Cessna 172s. I last flew (as a pilot) in April of 2006. I chose the ACPP 40 ME Fast Track (Credit Private) at the Denver location (Centennial). I've already put down a deposit on a start date and will officially begin training on 12 DEC 2016. This particular track will start of with training for the Instrument Rating. Initially, I'll be flying with my CFI on cross-country flights to time build in addition to Instrument lessons. After obtaining the Instrument Rating, I'll move to the "crew" cross-country flying. I think then it's on to Commercial followed by ME add-on, then the CFI portion. Goals: Well, aside from the obvious, I'm pretty much open to any type of flying (cargo, airline, corporate) that presents itself, provided that I'm treated (and paid) like a professional. There's a lot to accomplish before I get to that point, though. Realistically, I see myself instructing at ATP until I reach at least 1000 TT. If the "right" gig comes along before that, I'll take it. The placement with one of the "partner" airlines is also a possibility that I see for myself. As I said, lot's of important work to get done before I have to start seriously thinking about that. I hope that this thread will help others with thier flight training questions and concerns. I'll try to answer as many questions as I can but please keep in mind that I can only provide answers based upon my own experiences. Enjoy! * See following post for details.