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  1. I think the reality of how bad or good living up north is probably lies somewhere in the middle. I do not take much on here as gospel, just something more to look into. My condolences go out to DGP and his friends family,
  2. Was actually going to see if she wanted to go up there somewhere for march break.
  3. Haha I know it sounds crazy but she really does want to go there, and she hadn't had a drop. We both currently serve and have for years, My time in although tough has not yet gotten to me but I'm leaving before it does. My wife did not fair so well, shes had a real rough career so far and wants to be away from pretty much everything, I am more than willing to oblige, the trade off being I can release and she will support me while I get my license and certs. As for cost of living, it is a very big concern of mine, so we have been looking into northern isolated postings for her where I could still get a first time flying gig. Yellowknife is one for sure, we have also been looking into northern Ontario and northern Manitoba. Anywhere she can stay in means we will have her full CF salary. Plus my scrapings lol. I'm curious was your time up north tougher because it was rotary? there does seem to be a pretty steady trend of how horrible that is. I'm only asking because when I look at working at a company like Ornge (flying the PC12) or Keewatin air (anything they have) to me those places are exactly where I want to live and fly, maybe that will change one day but I am pretty solid on my choice to not want to fly big jets, a Dash or ATR is still the biggest I would be interested in. But I'm still partial to medivac because I also just spent ten years saving lives and would like to at least continue to help as the pilot or FO.
  4. Yes the "5% on return" or the barely 5% of people that actually make a career out of it from a logical/financial standpoint is not a good enough investment for me to risk. There may be a pilot shortage in both industries but I think the driving factors are far different from what I have gathered, the power that an airline has to push the industry is far greater than the power of private operators. Airlines can influence entire school programs to meet there needs, I just don't see the rotary industry moving in that direction, they almost seem to be like the army was when I joined lol. I think if I was younger I would chance it, but with the current market and what the fixed wing world looks like I think its the right choice for me. Something I can settle into and enjoy. I'm also not looking to fly huge jets later either, I will be more than happy flying small medivac up north eventually, the wife wants to move to YellowKnife or even Nunavut she was looking at life in Ranken Inlet and Iqaluit and wants to go now, I think that almost makes it easier for me, not having to leave them behind will be nice.
  5. I will thank you, but I doubt you will ever see me in something that size. I'm a much bigger fan of the Otter, the Dash and ATR and such, maybe one day a Pilatus PC12 flying medivac.
  6. Touche lol, Well the wife bought me an intro flight in a Cessna 172 yesterday for Xmas while we are down on holidays and it was awesome. I still think Rotary would be amazing but I would not complain flying fixed wing the rest of my life. Thank you for the input ladies and gents much appreciated.
  7. They do ask for a small slice of your soul in return, but yes they do have a pension.
  8. That's fair, and I have no issues paying my dues (I've be doing that for almost a decade) and I think if an operator gives you the chance then you need to be all in. But based off what I have been reading I think trying my hand at transitioning to pilot as a serving member makes the most sense, and failing that I think the fixed wing world seems to have a little more of the stability that I may be looking for.
  9. Lol, definitely not a trust fund kid. Just ten years of military service and a lot of savings. I'll wager a guess that we spend about as much time away from our wives and kids as you gents do as well. We could probably grind it out for 2 to 3 years. Plus i was told the helicopter world at least around here is very seasonal and since my trade is in demand I was planning to supplement my income in the army reserves. It's all well and good though, I appreciate the input.
  10. On a better planet? I apologize for my ignorance, I'm not in the aviation industry yet. Currently wrapping up my 10th year of service in the CF (medical sector) I have been in the back of many aircraft but wish to fly them. I love rotary, hence the questions and would love to eventually fly medivac, I've spent a decade in emergency medicine I don't want to see patients directly anymore but would love to combine flying and medicine. No need to sugar coat either ladies and gents, I'm okay with it being not obtainable. I am older, and I do have a wife and kids, from a logical/financial standpoint fixed wing does look like the right choice for someone on my position. But I figured I would at least jump in on this post and see if I was leaning in the right direction or not.
  11. Hey all I'm new to the forum been reading here for a bit but decided to post tonight as this topic is right where my life is kinda sitting. First off, I hope everyone is enjoying some type of break for the holidays. I'm 38, looking to become a pilot, I've to a few pilots online, and in person and one operator and one chief pilot at a helo school. Everyone but the school told me to turn and run lol, seems to be a theme. Others have told me to go fixed wing, the wife actually bought me a flight for xmas, it will be tomorrow if the weather holds. Anyway the main thing I am wondering is are all the avenues of rotary flight just as bad as you have all described it? The focus seems to be around long lining, pipeline, mountain and up "up North" type work. But what about tourism? and medevac? I don't seem to be hear to much about those two avenues. Are they different? Worse? On a side note, I think the original poster asked about military? to my knowledge (about 2 months ago) boards will be sitting for pilot this coming Feb, positions are likely closed until May/June 2020. you can expect flight training to take 3-4 years, if you don't have a degree put 4 years in front of that + officer training, 53% of all candidates will be selected for rotary (in the military fixed wing is the golden prize) after you get your wings the current delay is about 1 year for the Griffon and 2 years for the Chinook, after that as the other CF member stated you will be an FO for many years building courses and quals and not flying a whole lot until you are finally deployable. All those timelines are of course estimates, courses can always be delayed for any number of reasons.
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