Keep the fire burnin’
Let it keep us warm
The world will keep on turnin’
Let it turn you on
And let us not stop learnin’
We can help one another be strong
Let us never lose our yearnin’
To keep the fire burnin’ all night long
… if you have visions of incredible 80s hairdos flashing before your eyes now, you’re welcome! If not, search for the music video, and you will be helped!
Happy Independence Day to all our American readers out there! Hope you all have a great holiday! Here in my neck of the woods, there’s no holiday, but perfect barbecue weather. It’s a shame those two conditions don’t always match.
But it seems the gang at Roost Air has everything they need for a great barbecue. Good weather, some burger paddies, real hardwood lump charcoal, to give the burgers that special flavor, and a time-saving kindle strategy …
To all our British readers, our sincere condolences to losing that pesky colony!
Actually, Sally is closer to the date of the actual legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain than the 4th of July is. The Congress actually voted for it on the 2nd of July. THEN the Declaration of Independence was written, then a few words were revised, and so forth with Congress finally approving it on the 4th of July.
Can you imagine it only took TWO DAYS to push something big like this through Congress back then?!?
Times sure have changed …
Another interesting fact is that this holiday didn’t just end up being the typical barbecuing, beer drinking, sports watching kind of American holiday while the younger generations are forgetting why we’re even celebrating. Most American holidays have met that fate. This one was actually MEANT to be that kind of holiday.
In a letter to his wife John Adams wrote “… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
And knowing Chuck, there’ll probably be most of these. At least fires, illuminations, shows, pomp, and parade …
Ah, the old IFR hood. I have spent many hours wearing this sexy hat going through my instrument training and even more time putting young hopefuls through their training when I was a CFI. Some of those hoods have gotten a little more sophisticated than the ones they had back in my days but the idea is the same. The ones of you who fly instruments are very familiar I am sure.
For the ones of you who don’t have an instrument flight rating: “The hoods” function is exactly as Chuck describes it in the strip. You put this thing on and it keeps you from looking outside the window when you are practicing flying solely by instruments. That way you don’t have to actually be in the clouds (especially if you’re training in areas like California or Nevada where there aren’t a lot of clouds) and the instructor can look for traffic instead of you while flying in perfect conditions. If things go wrong, you take the hood off and just keep flying the way you’re used to under VFR conditions (which means looking outside and enjoy the scenery – for more info on pilot lingo, check out our page.
Let’s hear some IFR training stories from you guys!
Today’s strip reminds me a bit of this one here. It seems making quick and decisive calls is one of the strengths in Roost Air company culture!
All kidding aside, I think being able to allot the right amount of time and brain computing power to a decision, in accordance to the importance of the decision and the availability of facts, is one of the most important skills you can attain. If you spend half an hour in front of the yoghurt aisle or trying to make you mind up when reading a menu in a restaurant, you may have a serious problem in your life that you’re not even aware of.
I just filed my income tax statement yesterday, so this comic strip somehow struck a chord with me today. Where I live, we have a public expenditure / tax quota of almost 50%. I think we rank number three in an international comparison. It’s mind boggling to me how they can take half of our economic output and still not have enough and pile ever more debt on the shoulders of our children. I think if they’d tax us 100%, they’d still manage to produce a government deficit.
First off: I will be at the AERO in Friedrichshafen next week, and will be signing books at the Fliegermagazin booth on Friday 11th from 11:00 to 13:00. Actually, it’s bigger than a booth, because they have a huge area for themselves in the middle of hall A5 (A5-325), so it’s really easy to find. Hope to see some of you there! Even if you already have all our books, just stop by to say hi!
About todays strip: All the non-American readers among you might pause and wonder if we misspelled aluminium. Well, no one knows exactly where the fine line between misspelling something or spelling something the American way is exactly, but in this case it is perfectly fine American spelling. “Nucular” is still wrong though.
It seems Hans really has his ears on the ground when it comes to investment. He probably should read a bit further into the subject of Bitcoin before investing more money in it though. By the way, we’re accepting Bitcoin in our online shops! We only had one order paid that way so far, but, as Hans said, it is important to go with the times. I am pretty sure that cryptocurrencies are here to stay, and it feels exciting to witness their birth. It’s like being there at the beginning of the internet, although it is probably a long way before those things are as stable, easy to use and widely accepted as e.g. email.
Looks like Roost Air is late to the party! A lot of airlines have been operating as NPOs for many years now. Although, actually, I haven’t heard of many airline bankruptcies recently. Instead, I hear more and more horror stories about how airlines treat their employees though. The most ridiculous thing I heard was about something called “pay to fly”, meaning that some pilots pay the airline, instead of the other way round. Can any of you confirm this? Words fail me when trying to think of what to call that, if it is true.
In many organizations efficiency actually would be increased, if one was to conduct an experiment like this one here. The crucial point is to select the right participants. I work alone, so I can’t really relate, but I always hear stories from other people, about how suddenly work becomes easier, and everybody’s happier if a certain person doesn’t show up for work.
I think this applies to 95% of all jobs that can be considered “not so bad”. Of course, then there are also the jobs that fall into different categories, such as either “bad”, where you’re probably surveilled all the time, or it is immediately apparent if you’ve been slacking, or, on the other hand, “awesome”, where you don’t mind to be working at all, because it’s fun and/or challenging and fulfilling. So, which category does apply to your job?