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 …
Well, that’s a dead giveaway of course! It’s curious though, how, sometimes, you can actually realize you’re dreaming. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it usually makes the experience that more fun, because you know you’re in for some entertainment without any real dangers or consequences.
This reminds me of the time when my brother cut into the muscle and tendon betwwen his thumb and index finger of his left hand. He must have been around 16 or 17 at that time and was working on his radio controlled model plane in the basement. Somehow he slipped with a cuttern knife and wham! cut himself right down to the bone. It took forever to heal. The whole situation wasn’t as funny as it looks in this comic strip though! So remember, kids: Be careful when handling tools!
I’m pretty much a radical when it comes to freedom of speech. I say, let everybody speak their mind, even if it’s mindless extremist garbage. At least I know where that person is coming from and who I’m dealing with. It is everybody else’s right of free speech to shame and ridicule that person then, of course. The line should only be drawn when somebody tries to incite violence against somebody else or a group of people. Oops, sorry, drifting off into philosophy and politics again here …
I don’t know how many bosses understand that productivity doesn’t necessarily rise when you watch your employees. I guess it’s necessary in some jobs with repetitive work, and especially if you don’t pay them enough. All I know is that I’m happy to a) be self employed and b) sit in my own office without anybody watching me.
First of all: Roost-Air will remain open for business during this trying time!
But I am still very disappointed that our government can’t come to some kind of agreement. As aviation history buff it was especially disappointing that after 55 years of NASA and all those massive accomplishments in space flight, nobody was around to even light a birthday candle due to the government shutting down and everybody getting furloughed. Equally sad is the last minute cancellation of the “Miramar Airshow”. We used to look at this show as one of the key events on the West Coast.
But worse, a particularly scary situation in my mind is what the government calls “essential”. Apparently FDA food inspectors and aviation and NTSB safety people are not in that group.
No wonder we just saw a low budget sushi place open right next-door to Roost-Air!
And yet, my federal taxes got promptly deducted from my last paycheck, even though “the service” has been cut. I wonder how our aviation magazines would feel if we kept charging them without sending them new strips …