Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope you all are as lucky as Chuck and get many presents. Big, expensive presents. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about!
Just kidding. The older I get, the less I care about getting any presents at all. By now all I really want is to spend time with my loved ones and see people be happy. When I was a kid, I always heard grown ups express opinions like that, and it boggled my mind how somebody could say such a thing and keep a straight face.
I don’t know how many of you already know this, because I didn’t make a public announcement on this website or in our Facebook group, but 2013 was a very, very special year for my wife and me. Because, a few weeks back, our first child was born! Today, the three of us will drive out to my in-laws for the first time and will celebrate a very special Christmas this year.
I hope all of you out there will also be able to enjoy these holidays and have a great time with you family, friends, or whoever you spend them with!
Now this is some Karate Kid style training going on here again! Chuck will turn into a veritable Mr. Miyagi at some point. Must be because he’s hanging out with Nobu so often …
Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? I haven’t. I’m stuck at home with this terrible cold that just won’t go away. Well, at least I know I’m not alone, since half the country seems to be sick. Hm, maybe next year, I’ll factor in the fact that I usually get sick around this time and really buy my Christmas presents in time!
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!
“By the book” sounds very similar to “buy the book”, doesn’t it? Now if I wouldn’t have an incredible amount of self-restraint, I would use this opportunity to shamelessly flaunt our new book “Chuck’s Helicopter Adventures”, wave it in your faces, and remind you that we still have a 15% discount on everything (yes, everything!) in our online shops until December 10th!
But of course we don’t want to be pushy or obtrusive, so I will refrain from doing so.
Is Julio going on vacation to avoid all the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle? I definitely can already feel the hustling and bustling increasing already, and I haven’t even begun shopping yet.
Talking about Christmas shopping: We sent out a newsletter a couple of days ago, but for all those of you who didn’t notice yet: We’re having a 15% Christmas Discount in our online shops right now! We also have a new book available, and you can buy all our stuff for Bitcoin now!
And our readers in Hungary can now also get our books at pilotshop.hu, a great place to get rid of any excess Forints you may have!
Does anybody else always have to think of Austin Powers when he hears the word “mole”? And is anybody else amazed sometimes when he looks up how old that movie already is that feels like you’ve watched it five years ago? Austin Powers was released in 1997, I just looked it up. Now I feel old.
This is one of my favorite strips! It totally falls into the “It’s funny because it’s true” – category as far as I’m concerned. I know I’m not the only one, of all of us who ended up flying for a living, who had a slightly more romantic view on how aviation will be like than what it eventually ended up being.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still the best job in the world, as far as I’m concerned. But it’s not quite like “Top Gun” sells it on the Silver Screen either. I still remember that first ground lesson after learning all this cool aerodynamic stuff and about the aircraft we were flying, when my CFI whipped out the gigantic FAR book and told me that there are “a few” things in here I will need to know.
It took me forever to get the hang of the FAR 91 regulations and finding my way around in this bullet stopper of a book, and I thought there was way too much paperwork involved in flying. And then I became a commercial pilot. Suddenly FAR 91 alone felt like a walk in the park …
One of my favorite situations always was when I finally landed the helicopter in a parking lot downtown for a construction job after weeks of lift plans, calling authorities, and getting approvals from all kinds of entities. There would always be that one guy who walked up to me saying “Helicopters, huh?! Those things are so cool! You can land just anywhere, huh?”
And in theory, he’s right.
I’m just glad that at least most flight simulators focus on the best part of aviation: THE FLYING!
If all the people who don’t have anything nice, interesting or smart to say were to shut up, the world would be a quiet place. And we would probably have to live without reality TV too!
Every one of us who has ever helped pushing a bigger aircraft up a slight hill for a longer distance with a few people will have noticed that there is always that one guy who more or less just “holds on to the aircraft” instead of putting his back into it. I sincerely hope that none of you are “that guy”.
As we head into the winter months, with the days getting shorter, and most northern regions becoming cold and foggy, we thought this is the perfect strip to start this November.
It actually was invented during our last Skiing trip and is one of our personal favorites because it’s so relate-able even if you’re not in aviation. The photo shows us either seconds before or after we invented the strip. It’s a great example to show you how we come up with our ideas, just in case you might have imagined us in white lab coats inside some sort of comic laboratory …