Tomorrow I will pack my bags and head over to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to visit the AERO expo on Thursday an Friday. I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks to everybody who already got in touch with me! We won’t have a booth there, so I’ll be roaming the halls and there’s no fixed place to meet me. But I now have a (rather disorganized) list of people I want to meet, and I am sure somehow we’ll all manage to meet up at some point.
And if you see a short blondish guy with a Chicken Wings t-shirt, chat him up, it will probably be me! Or you can also send me a text on short text to my cell phone (my number is on our contact page here) and I’ll see if we can work something out. See you there!
It sure is better to see the traffic from up above than from down below. Although, the best thing is to see no traffic at all, which would be such an easy thing to do if other people would be a little bit more considerate about my schedule. But as Confucius said, “You are not just in the traffic jam, you are the traffic jam.”
This strip was born after a long night of hanging out with the guys and girls of the local control tower almost 10 years ago. I remember a controller telling the story. I’m not sure anymore if this is what he actually told the guy or if it was what he wanted to say. But it makes a good strip for Chuck either way!
For us, “Chuck, is that you?” are like fart jokes … They never get old!! HAHA!
I don’t know about you, but every now and then I can marvel at technology that has already become a normal part of our life. Like when I’m somewhere in the forest and can talk on the cell phone to Mike who is in the wilderness somewhere on a different continent. Then I think back to our family holidays and remember how dad tried to call home from some island in Greece only 25 years or so ago. Back then, you had to find a pay phone first, have enough small change, and I think an operator was also involved at some stage. The whole thing cost you a fortune, but the other side could barely hear you. Nowadays you get angy if you don’t have perfect reception.
Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is that the whole concept of flying through clouds and anywhere where you can’t even see also still amazes me!
I like when a story can be told with just pictures. Mostly because it’s less work for me (ha, sorry little brother!).
I remember when the first flight simulators came out on the C-64 and we only had one kid on the block who had a computer. So we all played the flight sim together. It was some sort of a bomber flight simulator where you flew over Germany and encountered all kinds of planes and V-2 rockets and such. One guy was flying with the joystick, one guy had the keyboard to switch screens and drop bombs playing the co-pilot, and one guy sat in the back keeping score and navigating. And after every mission we switched. Those were the good ‘ol days. Back then even computer gaming was something kids did together!
I can still remember how excited we all were to play a flight simulator on a computer. I am sure our faces were lit up as bright as Chuck’s every morning and often we ended up shut down and upside down just like Chuck here.
But now, after 7000+ fight hours in real life I don’t play the FlightSim much anymore. Mostly cause it makes me feel like I am still at work And if you ask me what most of my pilot friends are playing on the computer is anything at all, the answer is “Silent Hunter”! (which is pretty much the complete opposite of flying and probably for a reason).
Thanks again to Karl Winters who came up with this strip!
On the same note, we would like to thank everybody esle who writes us with ideas! It is not very often that we can actually turn your input into a actual comic strip, for a myriad of reasons. Usually the story is just too long and needs too much setup for us to be able to turn it into a strip. Sometimes it’s because there’s profanity involved, and sometimes we’re just not creative enough. So if you ever wrote us with an idea but haven’t seen us use it, please don’t take it personally! Keep those emails coming!!
We all need to reduce speed every now and then. But of course it never seems a good idea if somebody else is telling you to.
And now to something completely different:
We have just published our latest iPhone app! It is the second part, a.k.a. iVol 2 of 2, of our third book, which you can now download in all its glory from Apple’s iTunes store. Check it out!
Like it’s predecessor, iVol 2 of 2 features:
- 120 Chicken Wings comic strips all in beautiful colors
- Easy and improved navigation
- The option to email your favourite strips to friends without leaving the App (limited to 80)
- Pilot Lingo Encyclopedia to look up aviation terms
So, if you are one of the ever increasing crowd of prouod iPhone owners, be sure to check it out!