I have had more people puke in the glider back in the first two years of my aviation career than all of my 18 years of flying helicopters. Maybe it was because I was new and my skills have since improved a little, but I think it’s more because gliders do get bounced around quite a bit. With the gigantic wings they pick up every little updraft (duh! That’s the idea!) and the sun beating down on the poor passenger through the bubble creating the “ant underneath the magnifying glass” effect isn’t really helping either I’m sure.
My brother, the artist, once filled up the bag in the back of my plane but got everything inside the bag at least. However he forgot to take the microphone out of the way. Good times …
When I tell people that helicopter flying is actually surprisingly smooth I often get asked the question “But not when you’re flying into a fire, right?” “That HAS to be pretty rough!”
I used to say “not really” and “you’d be surprised” but I have since learned that I just never noticed how rough fire flying can actually be because I was always too busy driving and working. Now that I am flying a in a multi-crew cockpit environment where I am not always the one driving I often think “holy moly, this is rough!” and “how come I’ve never noticed that before!”
It may also have something to do with the fact that this gigantic aircraft is not exactly known for being the smoothest machine in the fire world. It kinda feels like driving a gravel truck down a gravel road. It’s probably a good thing we don’t have any passenger to worry about while fighting fire.
Well, some people start to learn how to play the guitar just to impress girls. Maybe Chuck will start to fly gliders? Time will tell!
And a quick reminder that we still have 15% discount in our online shops! The deal ends in a week!
Don’t you hate it, when some smartass (and by that, dear reader, I refer to the animal, not the body part (inside joke)) comes along and tells you what you’re doing wrong? And don’t you hate it even more if that smartass is actually right? I know I do. Or I would, if I was ever wrong about anything!
Every now and then you make that special bond with a certain aircraft. I have flown many different aircraft/models/types/categories but I only have a few machines that are really dear to my heart. Everybody who’s been following us over the past years sure has heard about “Panaca Jane” I’m sure. She was one of those machines who never let me down for many years and still stands out as one of the top 3. It also turned out that by giving her a name, the crew paid extra attention to her and took great care of her. She wasn’t just a vehicle; she was part of the crew.
This year she retired from fire and started a new life in the power-line inspection/construction world. And yes, she still is painted the original baby blue / baby poo.
If she could talk, what would she say?
If you have noticed, that our latest book has fewer mistakes and typos inside you may thank our friend Laurie. She is a great lady who agreed to turn our somewhat jumbled random thoughts into real English so our aviation lingo explanations and our character descriptions are readable and easier to follow. We really needed to find somebody with mad English skills and an understanding of aviation. You won’t believe how hard it is to find a pilot who can spell! Thankfully Laurie agreed to help us out.
Laurie is a school teacher and also a rated pilot. She has done a lot of great things for kids and in aviation and is currently going through a rough patch. So we thought we want to show her our appreciation, the only way we know how, by turning her into a chicken.
Thank you, Laurie, and know that we are thinking of you!
In other news: We have determined the winners of our T-Shirt contest! The first prize, a Silver Chicken, goes to Ian Davidson, and the second prize, a copy of our newest book goes to Adam Jacobs! Congratulations and thank you everybody for participating!
In other other news: We’re having a special Black Friday offer in our online shops. To find out more, you have to check out our respective Facebook pages, www.facebook.com/ChickenWingsUSA or www.facebook.com/ChickenWingsEurope.
With the economic doldrums and high gas prices, I’m sure it’s not the greatest time to run an airline right now. And by extensions, probably also not the greatest time to work for an airline. Through Chicken Wings I have got to know quite a few professional pilots during the years and although they all love their job, it seems that there is a reason why everybody says you really need to love aviation if you want to take up flying as a carreer.
If you’re interested in a non-sugarcoated insight into the aviation industry, you might want to check out “Squawk 7700“, a great book by our good friend Pete Buffington. You can also find it on Amazon, where it frequently rises to the top of the bestseller list of aviation books, but you can also get it from us!
For those of you who haven’t read our entire archive or bought our books, this is Alex’s baby. And now I’m in a hurry, so this is the end of this post! Hope you all have a great weekend!
In an ideal world, Chicken Wings would have long been turned into a cartoon show on Comedy Central or Fox. Then Mike and I would be filthy rich with our very own Scrooge McDuck like Money Bins, and would be able to tramp from Sun’n'Fun to Oshkosh to Reno and every airshow in between. Alas, we both have to work our butts off to make ends meet, just like everybody else out there. Well, at least we both made it to Oshkosh this year! I sure as heck would love to go and see the air races in Reno one day though too!
This one is an old joke that used to go around the office at the little FBO I worked for before I started my current job. We had a couple of guys “employed” there that actually never “worked” there. Nobody knew what exactly they did all day. Come to think of it, pretty much everywhere I worked so far had one or two of these individual. I’m sure you all know a few as well. Am I right?
With Chuck constantly wearing his really dark sunglasses we were just dying to do something like that to him. It just took some time to figure out how to get him there but I think it came out good.
And yes, Chuck is whistling in the second panel, we already know what many of you will say…