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Old 07-28-2023, 04:33 PM
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I've been flying overseas for 10+ years and finally coming home to fly for a regional and then eventually a major. No kids yet but my foreign wife and I plan on starting soon. I need some advice or just examples on where to live to get a good quality of life, good for kids.

Priorities are friendly community, low crime/homelessness and walkability would be nice as my wife hates driving. Prefer relaxed suburban or rural living. Mountains, beaches, places to hike or ride mountain bikes are all pluses.

What's the coolest place you've heard of someone commuting from? Or driving into base from? Where would you move to if you could easily pull up stakes and work for any airline? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated: I've got a list of places going but nothing is really impressing the wife too much so far, and she's getting nervous about moving to the US.
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Old 07-28-2023, 05:12 PM
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I've been flying overseas for 10+ years and finally coming home to fly for a regional and then eventually a major. No kids yet but my foreign wife and I plan on starting soon. I need some advice or just examples on where to live to get a good quality of life, good for kids.

Priorities are friendly community, low crime/homelessness and walkability would be nice as my wife hates driving. Prefer relaxed suburban or rural living. Mountains, beaches, places to hike or ride mountain bikes are all pluses.

What's the coolest place you've heard of someone commuting from? Or driving into base from? Where would you move to if you could easily pull up stakes and work for any airline? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated: I've got a list of places going but nothing is really impressing the wife too much so far, and she's getting nervous about moving to the US.

Nationality of your wife might be helpful as a clue to the sort of culture she is accustomed toÖ
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Old 07-28-2023, 05:55 PM
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New York base might be your best bet.

Junior base for you, internationally lifestyle for your wife.

The best land place for new immigrates.

Mountain and beach around.
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Old 07-28-2023, 06:00 PM
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Why a Regional?
Whatís your experience, types and hours?
How about an ACMI?
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Others have covered it.. Big difference in where to move if you wife is Thai and a practicing Buddhist with limited English fluency versus French with conversational English versus practicing Muslim of Pakistani descent that speaks five languages better than native.

Some areas will have a fair amount of Buddhist temples and people who speak her language, and Casper, Wyoming is not that place. If you wife is Filipino, Virginia Beach has a huge filipino presence. Latvian? Strangely there's a ton of us in Boston, Northwest of DC (Rockville through Hagerstown area) and far north Minnesota.
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Southeast Idaho. Several modest sized towns, big enough but not too big. Easy access to local mountains, lakes and rivers, Wasatach range, White Knob range, Yellowstone, Tetons. Numerous outdoor opportunities 9 months/year. Spring kind of sucks, wet, muddy, and windy.

Pocatello: Limited air service but more eclectic population (university).
Idaho Falls: More air service, but less diversity.

Drive to work 2.5 hours to SLC or commute out of Idaho Falls to various hubs. Skywest and DL have SLC bases.

Affordable area, but large LDS population. They won't bother you, and make good neighbors but they tend to stick to themselves.
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Old 07-28-2023, 08:07 PM
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Thanks for the responses so far everyone!

My wife is Japanese, her English is alright, not that great but improving over time. We live in New Zealand. 3500 hours, 500 turbine PIC, no multi-crew, no ATP-CTP, almost all VFR mountain flying in New Zealand. Chief pilot, training manager, company flight examiner. Going to a regional because that's where I got a job offer. I did apply to Atlas and was rejected and with my lack of IFR and US experience I think I'd be better suited to a more basic regional training program anyway.
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Thanks for the responses so far everyone!

My wife is Japanese, her English is alright, not that great but improving over time. We live in New Zealand. 3500 hours, 500 turbine PIC, no multi-crew, no ATP-CTP, almost all VFR mountain flying in New Zealand. Chief pilot, training manager, company flight examiner. Going to a regional because that's where I got a job offer. I did apply to Atlas and was rejected and with my lack of IFR and US experience I think I'd be better suited to a more basic regional training program anyway.
Good call.
Donít entirely discount Atlas though.
Once you get on with them you could move to Japan.
California has a large Asian community
Japanese, Korean, Chinese.
High on taxes though.
Atlas has 74,76 and 77 bases in California.
Thereís a handful of States with no state income tax.

No Income Tax
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If you REALLY want a walkable neighborhood that narrows your options substantially. By walkable i donít mean the developer put in sidewalks i mean you can easily walk home from the grocery store with food.

On the west coast (closer to Japan matters?) youíre looking at San Francisco, Seattle, Portland

Chicago, Boston, DC, NYC also. All of those come with a subset of challenges, the most immediate of which will be money. Look carefully at preschool/school options and what housing for a family would cost.
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Eastern PA. Rural life. Great hiking, bike-riding area. Low taxes. Driveable to the junior base at every airline -- NYC.
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