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!
Sun and sunlight. I vaguely remember seeing something like that in the past. Well, to be honest, yesterday it was sunny here. But before that we had a winter that lasted about 5 months, and certainly felt like 7 months. It’s high time for spring! I think I can imagine now what winter in Finland or Alaska must feel like, and I can’t say I envy the folks up there. I’m more of a spring and summer guy, after all (although I do love skiing!).
So I guess sequestration finally hit Roost Air as well. Or did it? Having flown in and out of Santa Monica myself I know that they just “love” pilots like Chuck over there …
But on a more serious note, we really think that the proposed tower closures will have a profound impact on aviation safety. A lot of “small towers” on that list aren’t all that small and a few of them are feeder airports underneath or around very busy airspace. So please call/write/fax your representatives in the pilot organizations, your senators, whoever you can find to fight this. It will hurt us all if this goes through. This isn’t just about the job loss on the controller side, this is about safety and human lives. There was a reason why those towers were put in in the first place.
In case you haven’t seen the list yet and how many towers are actually on there, here is one of the links: http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/03/19/36446/smaller-air-traffic-control-towers-anticipate-clos/
This one came from a cockpit conversation with one my guys during our annual training at BUR airport. Nobody called themselves an expert but there was a discussion about how much of a mess this would be if we made the SWA flight on final go around plus the guy behind him. Somehow within this barely related discussion I suddenly thought of this strip. It’s weird how and when creativity suddenly hits you. I wrote it on my kneepad while the other guy was flying and here is the result.
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!
As some of you also commented on our last strip, I hope we will end up at the right Oshkosh too! But Mike was already there once, so I bet he knows the way. For me, it’s going to be my first time in that general area of the States. Usually I go visit Mike on the west coast and only maybe transfer in Chicago. I hear Chicago is a beautiful city (I’ll stay there one night), so I’m really looking forward to this trip!
A bit of a classic here out of our second book. Sadly, to re-enact this strip, I wouldn’t have to go flying here recently. I just would have had to stick the hand out of the window of my house. Today the weather is a bit better, but summer sure is coming on slowly here this year.
Fame or notoriety isn’t always a good thing, it seems. Seriously, as much as I hope we’ll become famous with our comics, there is a level of fame I hope I never achieve.
In particular, I really don’t envy celebrities. Imagine having to deal with people recognizing you everywhere you go. Never being able to poke your nose without it being in a tabloid the next day, having tv reports about your weight gain or loss, and complete strangers acting like your best friends and like you owe them something.
Fortunately, the chances of becoming that famous are slim. Bullet dodged!
Some people are just a pleasure to work with. My father in law is a good example for that. He’s always thinking ahead and has the right idea and right tool handy at the right time, all the while being unobtrusive and cooperative.
And then, on the other hand, there are people who are well meaning and genuinely attempting to help, who actually slow you down. (No offense, Chuck!)
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!