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    Question Dream locations to live with Cub?

    I currently live in the Richmond, VA area and have a CubCrafters FX-3 on order. I also enjoy RVing and have a nice motorhome. I'd like to sell my house here in VA someday and move to a dream location to enjoy the great country in the cub and if needed I can travel during off season in the motorhome. Where would you suggest I consider looking for a place for me and the dog, a RV spot, maybe small condo/townhouse, and an airport or airstrip?

    Help me find my dream location.

    Thank you.

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    I’m here now. Typing this I’m looking out the window at Pioneer Peak that towers over the Knik River valley. The Talkeetna Mountains are in my back yard (just got home from a festival in Hatcher Pass), and the Yentna-Susitna valleys are 20 minutes west. Beyond that? Alaska. It doesn’t suck to live where I live.
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    I don't think AK is where I'll go, probably remain in lower 48, I didn't think to mention that. Thinking the ID, MT, WY, NV, UT region

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    what the heck, then. Jackson Hole. Take money!

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    I’m from Hot Springs SD on the southern end of the Black hills.
    mild winters, 39 degrees is our lowest average high.
    We have nearly endless places to fly and explore, and none of it is terribly high elevation.
    Being from the reddest of the red states is currently a big plus too.

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    I enjoyed my time in Sand Point but I always liked Missoula and Thompson Falls. Small towns within easy reach of a lot of cool places.

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    I am deliriously happy with three Cubs and a Decathlon in San Diego. 13 minutes from the airport, and I do not have to mow the grass. Always a social scene - missing a party right now because I am observing Covid precautions.

    But everybody else is bolting 31s on and heading for Sand Point. It is beautiful, and if you do not let on that your politics may not line up, you will find truly nice folks there.

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    wyoming is the least populated state.
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    Hell, anywhere that you don’t have to consistently takeoff and land on 10,000ft of pavement!

    All kidding aside, Western Arkansas doesn’t suck just take your diesel pusher somewhere farther N during the dead of the summer. Might ask SJ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgdrvr View Post
    I don't think AK is where I'll go, probably remain in lower 48, I didn't think to mention that. Thinking the ID, MT, WY, NV, UT region
    Pretty hard to go wrong on any of your choices as far as flying opportunities and scenery goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempdoug View Post
    wyoming is the least populated state.
    And very windy in parts!
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    Go look at the 20,000 pictures posted on this site of the North East. NY, VT, NH and Maine. We have it all. Farm fields, Big enough mountains, endless lakes and one of the most awesome coastline flying in the US. Wheels, floats or skis you won't be disapointed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Go look at the 20,000 pictures posted on this site of the North East. NY, VT, NH and Maine. We have it all. Farm fields, Big enough mountains, endless lakes and one of the most awesome coastline flying in the US. Wheels, floats or skis you won't be disapointed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveE View Post
    The deal killer is living within a 400 mile circle of Tim.


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    And you wonder why we drink

    Glenn
    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"
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    Anywhere you can find a community of like-minded individuals. If you’re an eastern educated liberal, the Northern Great Plains, Idaho, on down into Texas and the Southwest might kill you if they don’t cure you first.

    Wherever you go, figure you better try to fit in.
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    Alpine or Afton Wyoming isn't half bad, (where the millionaires who have been forced out of Jackson Hole by the billionaires, live) if you can afford the price of admission. Husky country, you could, like the Xcub pilot I met in Alpine this summer, show them up. Seriously, it's great country, with as great of country on all sides.

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    What Glenn said. He's right.
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    Montana is full......I hear North Dakota is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    Montana is full......I hear North Dakota is nice.

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    Happiness comes from within.. Every place is a state of mind..
    I can honestly say that "what" I fly and "WHO" I fly with, is far more important to me than "where" I fly..
    I've spent my life in the air.. retired now, my local airport friends mean more to me than "where" we Fly....
    Your question should be .. "Where are the coolest folks to fly with?" SW Michigan!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    Montana is full......I hear North Dakota is nice.

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    ND ...Born, Raised, Learned to Fly, First AG, CFI, Charter Job.. love the people .. everything else.. not so much.. 🤣
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    I'm sure any place new would be fresh and exciting for a while but for the most part it doesn't get any better than right where I am. 5 minutes from my dooryard it is everything I need and more. It all depends on what you enjoy. I can fly for 15 minutes and fish a pond that is a 6 mile walk. I have been very happy here. South for 30 mins and I can start getting into small airports and more people when I want to do that. Very fortunate to live where I do.
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    People are important, and weather, too. When I moved to Wyoming I worked 6 days a week and got more memorable flights than as a bum in VT.
    What's a go-around?
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    ALASKA ! Where ever is your choice
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    Heber City, Utah is pretty good! Situated in a beautiful valley and lots of great backcountry stuff both here and in Idaho.
    Blue Ribbon trout in the valley... Check
    Great skiing 15 minutes away... Check
    Hiking... Check
    Golf... Check
    Weather... High mountain desert climate with virtually no humidity, think less than Phoenix

    We also have KHCR.... OK, well there had to be a balance
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    Remember, These are the Good old Days!

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    WY and much of Utah pretty high elevations, no performance from cubs in those altitudes. Alaska is mostly sea level area flying, great performance. My AZ location is not too bad, but heat and higher elevations to me are not as fun as closer to sea level and cooler temps.
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    I was waiting out some weather at Watson lake Yukon , with a few other pilots some time back . We were all headed to the lower 48 and having a discussion about where each of us was headed . When it came my turn to tell my destination I said " Kansas " . A guy quickly ask , " on purpose !"
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    I agree that PEOPLE is as important as the location. When I flew radio controlled airplanes in my teens the people was a big part of it. RC fields now have hardly any people flying and I have no desire to just go fly models without the friends. Sadly some airports are like that now too, my local (KFCI) is like a ghost town whereas when I did my PPL long long ago it was very active. So yes, I'd love a great location but also a community of backcountry pilots to share the experience with and help one another out should someone need to put it down in a field and need a way out, etc.

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    My strip is surrounded by hangar homes. It isn't just a strip, it's a community. Sometimes busy, sometimes not so much, but there's always somebody out walking or twisting wrenches with the hangar door open. It's a very friendly vibe. There's more to airpark life than flying.
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    What is the ID of your strip?

    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    My strip is surrounded by hangar homes. It isn't just a strip, it's a community. Sometimes busy, sometimes not so much, but there's always somebody out walking or twisting wrenches with the hangar door open. It's a very friendly vibe. There's more to airpark life than flying.
    "Put out my hand and touched the face of God!"

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    4AK6.

    There's a different feeling to living with your plane than driving across town to it. I'm still fairly new to it and I wish I'd done it 20 years sooner.
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    I lived at a residential strip for 20 years. I loved it--mostly. Finally, I told the neighbors that anytime they wanted to come over and talk about work or women or airplanes, I had a cold beer or hot cup of coffee for them. If they were coming over to bitch about other neighbors, I wasn't home. Now I live about 10 miles from the airport and it's perfect, sometimes.
    No place is perfect. Every area either has too much snow or it's too windy or too hot or too high or it rains too much or not enough or you can see the air or it's too busy or not busy enough... It's all what you make of it...except for Tim living there and what can you do about that?
    I've spent a fair amount of time looking at property for some of the same reasons as the original poster. I haven't found that perfect place...yet.
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    You guys are missing out by not living by Tim. He stores airplane parts and has a huber grader and a backhoe.

    And...if you ever need a jackstand...he has like 20 sets.
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    Tim's one of the reasons I joined! I need to get done with my project so I can go out there and compare notes.I'd love to fly New England--you guys' pictures make me envious. But I'm a westerner and I like the dry valleys and mountains around me.
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    I know the OP said that he wasn't considering Alaska, but from a perspective purely focused on backcountry flying, the only downside to Alaska is the short daylight from November through February. But when I'm out flying at 11pm in July, I'll say that makes up for it.

    But...it's not for everybody, and I get that. Still, it's quite the amazing playground - especially if one has a backcountry-capable airplane.
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    Whichever part of the country you decide on, find a nice small airpark. One without a commercial operator on the field and where all the homes have access to the runway. I've lived in 19 different places in my life, and have been in an airpark for the last 21 years. Heaven...

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    hawgdrvr,
    Only you can truly answer the question. Some things to consider, other than the airplane are the weather (Temperature, humidity, winds etc.), proximity to large population centers, proximity to medical specialists, tax environment, political compatibility etc. Then find an old farm with reasonably level land after checking out the neighbors for their aviation opinions. You could change their opinion if they are otherwise nice people. Learn the particular State's aviation regulations. Some are better than others. Build your own airstrip. The more rural the location, the easier it is to do airplane.

    I built my own seaplane base over the dead bodies of many neighbors and local political people. They gave me a lot of flak for years. I didn't quit because it was convenient to my employment. If I had been smarter sooner, I would have moved one State north. In the end, now 50+ years later, they are all gone and I'm still here. The town even passed an ordinance giving seaplanes the right of way over all other water activities. (That's another story. ) The only issue is the tax and political policy in this State. I'll deal with that.
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    Driggs, Idaho.
    Ennis, Montana

    I disagree with Alpine, Wyoming, mentioned above. In the winter it is a treeless, flat, abandoned, deep freeze ice box with overpriced but very low quality spec houses owned by strangers in the middle of converted cow range... Nice scenery for flying in the summertime, but no place to live year round.

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