I'm looking towards the future and a possible job switch and was wondering if some of you folks could point me in the right direction. I have always loved bush flying and the idea of working in Northern and remote communities.
I'm quite new to this forum, and fairly new to the larger aviation industry/community. I've been building my time instructing for almost 4 years now, and flying for 8 years, on and off. 1800hrs as a class 2 instructor, current Group 1 instrument rating, but I'm flying in circles mostly. While I love instructing, and have had a lot of fun with it, I am ready to take control again and actually do some flying. My original training was very practical with a lot of dead-reckoning work... doing a ton of short/soft field operations on farmer's strips around my old home airport. With about 35 hours tailwheel.. I really want to fly something challenging again, where I can finally chip off the rust on my stick and rudder skills and land on something shorter than 3000' again. I've always dreamed of flying the Twin Otter.. or pretty much anything de Havilland, and I'm not too keen yet on getting into something much heavier. I'm sick of paved, 8000'x200' runways.
With that said, I'm also starting a family and looking at something more suited to a family lifestyle. We're both willing to move and live in a northern/remote setting, but I would like to avoid being posted away from the family for too long. I used to work in the oil field and found that camp life was difficult on the relationship... and I can't imagine it being easy when we start having kids.
I figured this would be the best place to get an overall look at what company types are out there and suitable for me before I start looking-up companies.