We’ve been doing this comic for long enough now to know exactly what kind of feedback we would be getting for this particular strip. So, let us come out up-front with an explanation: Yes, we know that most aircraft have circuit breakers installed and not old fashioned glass fuses (or whatever you call those type of fuses with a melting wire in English). But the Roost Air Cessna is very old, and also has a lot of custom modifications installed by Julio. There you go!
Cloud storage is a great thing. When I think back even just 20 years, when 3.5″ floppy disks were the state of the art to save and transport data, it is amazing how far we’ve come. I wonder what progress we will see in the next 20 years!
Keeping duty times is a serious thing. I remember when I was a truck driver in the army, I was out driving the whole day during a maneuver in winter, and some sergeant wanted me to take a guard duty shift, essentially cutting my sleep down to three hours for that night. I flat out refused. I wasn’t going to drive a seven ton truck with a dozen men in the back around on icy roads after hardly getting any sleep. Of course, it’s easier to refuse when you’re drafted and don’t care too much, than when it’s your career and you don’t want to disgruntle your employer.
Every now and then I upload a strip where I have no idea which title I could use. First and foremost, it’s important that it doesn’t give away the punchline. But it would also be nice if it would describe what’s in the strip, and in a best case scenario it is even funny in itself, or contributes towards the gag. Sometimes I just draw blanks. And that’s when I come up with a title like today. Sigh, the life of a comic artist can be difficult, I tell you!
Every year the Reno Air Racing Association puts on a rookie school for pilots who want to enter the Air Races and get their Race Class Pilot Certification.
And of course since Chuck has been dying to enter his Corsair in the Races he has wanted to go there for years. And of course, since his Corsair still isn’t finished, he might be inclined to take another plane to the class. Not sure if you can bring a Cessna but I don’t think Julio wants to take a chance having known Chuck for as long as he has …
Personally, I would love to fly one of those Formula One Class planes one day having been a Formula 1 fan AND a plane enthusiast my whole life. It would be the perfect combination! But I’d probably pee my pants since I’m not used to going that fast after thousands of helicopter flight hours at 100kts or less …
And who wouldn’t want to fly one of those modified WW2 planes??
Have any of you ever sat in on one of those seminars?
Those of you who have all our books probably have noticed that we like to throw a Snoopy or Peanuts reference in each one. What can we say, we just really like Snoopy! And who doesn’t, really? t think it’s hard to come up with a more universally liked cartoon character. Also, everybody loves pizza, so today’s strip is probably very likable …
Summer is here! At least here where I live. If you’re based on the Southern hemisphere, please disregard this announcement. I sure greatly prefer the warmer time of the year to the colder one. Even though my office, or shall we say “studio” (sounds much better), is right under our roof and the 35 year old windows don’t do much to keep the heat out.
But now is the time for barbecues, sitting outside at night with friends and a bottle of wine… I really look forward to the next two to three months!
Leave it to Chuck to open with one of the oldest jokes in aviation. Of course this particular trick probably did work the best before the invention of smart phones. At least he would have been able to make it through the whole date, maybe even several.
Yet for some strange reason this girl still seems to be into him. We will see where this is going. I sure wish him the best.
Would you guys like to see Chuck have a girlfriend?
So I’m back from the AERO in Friedrichshafen. I sure had a great time there! Thanks for everybody who stopped by at the Fliegermagazin booth on Friday to chat! I have posted a couple of pictures in our Facebook group.
Meanwhile, operations at Roost Air continue as usual, it seems …
Talking about seeing signs, do any of you (who are old enough, I guess) remember that song “I saw the sign” from Ace of Base? There you go, now you have a stupid song in your head for the rest of the day! You’re welcome!