I wasn't sure whether to put this in the 'Flight Training' forum or this one.
I am currently 29 years old, in Ottawa with a full-time non-aviation job, about to complete my Commerical license with around 250 hours. In 6 months I am moving to Victoria (work transfer), where i aim to do some float training, and then then look for work in aviation. I have no desire to go into the airlines, and would really like to fly float planes - thanks to my current job I would be entering aviation with no debt, and something to fall back on if it didn't work out.
My current plan is to do float training from July to December time, then quit my job March 2013 time, grab a stack of resumes and then drive across Canada, handing out my resume, and hopefully pick up something for the summer.
My questions are:
1) Is this a good plan? I have thought it through a bunch, but you guys are a lot more experienced than me.
2) Are there any float training places that you would really recommend in the Victoria area?
3) How much time would you recommend training on floats? I was thinking around 25 - maybe not doing one of the 'bush pilot' courses but finding a really knowledgeable guy (see question 2) who can show me a lot of different scenarios that may come up - basically really try to get a feel for what may happen - although I know nothing can prepare you for proper work experience.
4) Is it worth trying to get training time on something like a 185? Or just stick to a 172?
If I can think of any other questions I will add them - I would really appreciate any advice. I've wanted to fly small aircraft in the 'bush' ever since I was a kid, and it's taken years of working towards a position where I feel I can finally make a good run at it, and am fully prepared to work the ramp.