I have learned over the years that pilots, just like sailors, can be very superstitious people. I myself admit to it and have certain rituals I just don’t do well without. They’re not quite the same rituals that Chuck has, but then again, I have learned that there are as many ways of doing things as there are pilots.
Around the Cranes we do a lot of things we call “tribal knowledge” and some of these things may not have a scientific background and might be things pilots just started doing one day but we do them anyways.
A lot of people believe in what might be good luck and/or bad luck and I believe in not tempting faith either way. For example I have never heard of a Crane being renamed ever since I started with them even when it came out of the National Guard with a name that had no meaning to us because it is said to be bad luck renaming a vessel. And in good old Panaca Jane, nobody ever took out the fuzzy dice (maybe that is where the idea for this strip came from? wink, wink) once they were “installed”. After many years of wear and tear they finally fell apart and wouldn’t look like dice anymore so they were stashed in a little bag underneath the seat. But they were not taken out of the aircraft as long as I flew the thing
Let’s hear/see some of your aviation (or other, for that matter) rituals!
And I can hardly believe it’s already Friday again! I totally spaced out there, drawing a very complicated custom cartoon for my favorite airline, and almost forgot to upload todays strip.
But, fortunately, I remembered, so here you go with today’s installment of Chuck’s adventures. Maybe somebody should better call an ambulance instead? As we can see in this comic, it’s easy to get injured in your workplace, so please be safe out there!
Have a great weekend everybody!
I don’t own a GoPro camera, but then, I live a rather uninteresting life with little opportunity to use one. Also, I don’t even find the time to sort through all my photos, so I imagine I would have even less time to go through videos and cut them, etc. I am glad that so many people out there use those little cameras though! I got more than one good adrenaline rush from watching GoPro footage on Youtube. Interestingly, I get more knots in my stomach and sweaty hands from watching people climb skyscrapers and construction sites than, for example, watching footage from a motocross track.
Anyway, it’ll be a couple of decades until we’ll see footage from Chuck’s corsair, so in the meantime, if anyone of you has a great GoPro video to share, please post the link below!
Another valiant attempt by Chuck. I, as a comic artist, obviously have a much easier time impressing the ladies than Chuck. All I need to do is drive up in my golden Maserati to my 60 foot yacht in Saint Tropez, unbutton the top couple of buttons on my Armani shirt, and boom! I fall out of bed and wake up.
So Chuck just got back from the Heli Expo 2015 in Orlando and told me about yet another change at Airbus Helicopters, formerly known as Eurocopter, formerly known as Aerospatiale. Now they are changing the name of the iconic helicopter, known in the States as “AStar” or “Squirrel” from AS350 to H125!
Uhm … what?
To me personally, naming a helicopter “Airbus” already doesn’t make sense and we poked plenty of fun at it last year. But even changing the designation? Well, I’m sure the highly intelligent marketing people have a really good reason for this which just isn’t easy to understand for a simple helicopter pilot, and the costs of changing marketing all the way down to re-writing the manuals and checklists will be absorbed somehow… probably by the customer.
Here is the Vertical Magazine article that was the inspiration for the current strip:
When I first moved out of my parents’ home, one of the biggest changes was to suddenly be responsible for my own food. With a shocking regularity, well-cooked meals suddenly failed to magically appear on my dinner table, and the fridge also didn’t self-replenish like it did back home.
Ah, the things you eat in those days of bachelorship. I’m sure most of you who are old enough to not live with your parents anymore know exactly what I’m talking about!
It’s that time of the year again where Chuck sneaks out so he can be at the international Heli-Expo. Of course in true Chuck-fashion, he will have to sit in every helicopter on display there to check it out and collect all the helicopter pens he can carry.
Do you guys think Hans told him to go out and buy a new helicopter for Roost-Air?
If you happen to be in Orlando this week, stop by and visit with our friends from “Vertical Magazine” at Booth 5828. They have free helicopter posters and you might even find a comic about Chuck in their free Show News not yet seen online. Sometimes they even have beer there (remember, no flying afterwards!).
If you look on YouTube you will find that people out there are looping Cessna 172’s, yet mostly without chickens in them. So please don’t go out and do that because you’ve read it on Chicken Wings!
I have only done aerobatics in a plane once in a Decathlon. The closest I usually get in a helicopter is doing “Ag-Turns” flying frost and such. Most of my exposure to aerobatics comes from working with Chuck Aaron, the Red Bull helicopter guy. From him I know that, at least in the Red Bull helicopter, it is very important to have the right CG set up to make the show go down properly or it won’t work at all.
I like how Chuck is the “I-don’t-know-what-I-am-thinking-before-I-heard-what-I-was-saying” kind of type
In other news: Our contest is still running! (click here) You have until next Tuesday to submit your Chicken Wings drawing! And it would be nice if everybody else would take a look at all the entries so far and cast their votes via “liking” the ones they like best!
Well, at least he didn’t miss Delta …
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard yet: We’re having a big drawing contest going on right now! Don’t leave us hanging! We only have one contestant enter so far, and there are at least three prizes to win! So you’ve got nothing to lose!
Paperwork and aviation, my favorite topic!
The company I used to work for had a whole library full of helicopter log books and that was only for a few helicopters they owned and a few more for helicopters they maintained. On top of the maintenance logs you have log cards for each critical component. A log card is kind of like a birth certificate for the component, when it was born, when it was installed, removed, overhauled, reinstalled … you get the point. And as you can imagine, there are many “critical” components on a helicopter.
My favorite part was when we overhauled and US certified aircraft that came in from Japan. Some of the logs were in Japanese, some in English, many in some strange language hybrid in-between. On top of that, getting the dates right was more complicated since some of the logs used a Japanese calendar. We had many people involved in this with mountains and mountains of paperwork. So, not only would the aircraft not take off, in some of them you couldn’t even physically put all of their paperwork inside of them and still close the doors.
This seems something that wasn’t mentioned to me when I first became fascinated with aviation.
Oh, and in other news! We’re having a contest! Check it out HERE!