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Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by ArnoldPalmer, Sep 12, 2020.
Lol I see Kent beat me to it by mere minutes! Sup Kent.
In WI it doesn't get much better than this (Shell Lake WI - KSSQ). My house under the trees. Hangar across the street.....
Thanks @flyingcheesehead and @PaulMKE ! Keeping our eyes and ear open for any opportunities. Open to moving away from Higher Ed - if the $ is good (and it usually is in industry). Will update this thread as stuff unfolds.
Iowa, in the ne corner gives you access to the best of IL and WI. Iowa tends to have many rural gravel roads. Wisconsin, paved.
I was just going to throw out Eastern Iowa. Lots of GA friendly airports. CR really isn't that bad at all but obviously I am biased. Very GA friendly Class C, two hospitals, numerous clinics and whatnot, not to mention UIHC a short drive down 380.
Curious, what is it you're doing in higher ed right now?
IT related work for the Minnesota State System. Supervising Helpdesk folks
Well... COVID related funding cuts have decimated the IT staff at UW, FWIW. Dunno how they're planning on keeping up with everything but I know a bunch of jobs were cut.
That sounds about right.
Do everything online.
Fire the IT staff.
The chancellor will probably get a bonus.
Welp, MN is no different. Same with COVID funding and enrollment has taken a dive too. State's budget is now in the red, and the words "cuts/layoffs/furloughs" have been mentioned. Sounds like the CIO is on his way out too.. so it has started.
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GA in IL is ok, but if you live in WI, you can fly down to any events in IL. I would choose WI for the scenery, QoL and less stress or MI. You will be happier in Wisconsin and can fly to anything you want in IL.
Last thing, Osh Kosh is in WI....
I wish that I could give more "likes" to this.
It's mind boggling that anyone would think it's a good idea to start cutting anything IT now.
Johnson Creek, WI (pop 3,029) is in the middle of Milwaukee, Madison, and Janesville at the intersection of I-94 and SH 26. Watertown (RVY) is 10 minutes away to North via ground and Fort Atkinson (61C) is 15 minutes south. Waukesha (UES) is about 25 minutes. Great place to live and play.
Yes, there's a lot of spots between Madison and Milwaukee that would work quite well for @ArnoldPalmer's requirements.
I dunno about "anything". There's certainly lots of projects that either no longer make sense or could be put on hold for a while.
Obviously, anything supporting WFH needs to be boosted, and security to go with that. Generally, it doesn't make sense to cut BI since those that use it well have the best chance of coming out of this whole mess in good shape.
But, for example, if there was a planned ERP change or something like that... It can wait.
N.E. Iowa has some fantastic canyons (really) in the vicinity of Decorah, not widely known. IA is a beautiful state, especially the northeast all the way to the Mississippi (McGregor on the IA side, Prarie du Chien in WI).
IA seems to maintain a healthy commitment to GA, many airports have a modern terminal building and nice runways. Gravel roads are found at the county level, generally. The main routes are paved (black-top, at least).
I just moved away from IL. Before ending up in the desert I was looking in WI. Lake Geneva Aire Estates would be a neat place to live. I really hope I never have to return to IL. I thought learning to fly in southern WI was great. Constantly changing weather. Plenty of towered and untowered airports, and a variety of paved and turf runways. I belonged to a great club (Westosha Flying Club). It was located for many years at the recently closed Westosha Airport. I see they're now in Kenosha.
One thing I like is that within 90 minutes of flying time, from Cedar Rapids I can get to Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Milwaukee. We are not a big place, but we are kind of right in the middle of several big places.
Also, KCID has nice hangars available at very reasonable prices.
Yeah, great location!
Curious - what are rental hangar prices there?
Just because nobody has mentioned it yet, you can get fairly far north in WI and still be within 3 hours of Madison (probably Rhinelander or so). Go just a little bit farther, and there are lakes and airports everywhere. Vilas County has a network of nicely maintained bike trails connecting some cool small towns. https://mwbiketrail.org/2016/wp-con...rt-of-Vilas-Bike-Map-2019-pg-2-compressed.pdf. Whether you live up there or not, you ought to visit.
I pay $171/month for my partitioned, insulated but non-heated hangar, including electricity. That's kind of middle-of-the-line at KCID. There are cheaper and older hangars than mine, and larger, more expensive ones, incl. a few with gas for heating.
From your videos that's a great price. Up in Minneapolis something finished out that nice would be at least $100/month more.
It would seem @ArnoldPalmer might be better considering WI or IA. Sorry for the aside.
At Shell Lake WI (KSSQ) I get $75 from my tenant. Concrete floor. 40 ft power bifold door. SOLID construction, 100 A service. No heat. No fuel, but only 1 mile from town & an airport courtesy car. The City has a hangar land lease rate of only 14 cent/sq ft on projected hangar area. Space is available for welcomed additional hangar(s).
At KDPA (Dupage/West Chicago) hangars are 453 a month with electric, no heat. Just a data point.
Thanks! yeah the Brother-in-law's family owns a cabin "up north" in WI. Near Ashland? I've never been, but pics look amazing. Wife has visited. Work might be sparse though.
Open to Twin Cities and Southern MN. Property and housing costs are a concern there.
I’m in Illinois right now visiting family. KMLI is a great airport and a lot of training going on there.
I left here 34 years ago for Texas and never looked back. This state is truly screwed financially.
I haven't been up that direction, but the area ~ 60 miles ESE from there is wonderful. You're probably right about the work, unless you can be fully remote (which is probably possible). Good luck!