Flashback! We are throwing in another classic strip for all of you who may not have been following us since 2002. I can’t believe it has been close to 15 years already! Maybe it is time for another “Silver Chicken”.
Even though we might find ourselves laughing at Chuck here, the ones among us who fly will know that big airports can be confusing and to some very intimidating. I am the first one to admit I have made the occasional mistake which lead me “down the wrong path” so to speak much to the dismay of the ground controller. But since the conception of this strip, “runway incursions” have become an increasingly bigger deal with the FAA with fines increasing as well. The current penalty for suddenly finding yourself on the wrong runway is a 60 day license suspension according to the AOPA websites we have found.
Most ATC controllers I know rather have you verify your clearance when you are not sure instead of going nose-to-nose with another aircraft. So essentially, Chuck is doing the right thing here (imagine that!).
Oh my god, Becky! Look at that strip! It is so … old! And you probably have to be of a certain age to get that reference too.
Anyway, I thought I’d dig something old out of the archive, as we said we would do once in a while. After all, although we have some really long-time fans, many of you young whippersnappers probably haven’t seen some of our really old stuff. And by really old, I mean really old! By looking at the files, I saw that I drew this in 2003 and colored it in 2005. In fact it is the third strip ever that we came up with. Sigh! It makes me all sentimental!
I know I said this many times before, but I’m always amazed at how the drawing and the characters have changed over the years. And I’m also amazed at how long I’ve been drawing this strip already! It took about 5 years or so, and around the time of our third book, I’ve found the form that I have kept more or less the same since then, but I personally still can see a few changes and evolution going on. Although I’m not sure if it’s something people who “just read” the strips, and don’t stare at them for hours while drawing and coloring, can even see.
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!
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:
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!
While Chuck is waiting for pushback, I am here on the backend of our website doing some changes and maintenance. So far, so good! There is still the occasional glitch though, so please bear with me if you spot something that’s not working as it should.
Oh, and a quick heads up: We’re planning a new contest soon! Stay tuned! We’ll probably start in the next couple of days!
It’s always good to be prepared! And Chuck seems to have learned his lesson from the day he broke his glasses. But, all jokes aside, I’m sure some of you have replacement sunglasses stacked away somewhere, right?
This comic strip would be the perfect starting point for a fully-fledged philosophical exposé on how there are always different sides to every story, how perception shapes our realities, how different realities can coexist, and how important empathy and the ability to see things through other people’s eyes is. One could then draw parallels from personal relations to societal discussions and even international relations and investigate why sometimes it appears that our empathy seems to be stifled on purpose by so many issues being framed in black and white, or good vs. evil, or us vs. them. Do those simple narratives pander to our simple minds? Or are our minds being kept simple on purpose, because otherwise the age-old strategy of divide and conquer would be less effective? And if the latter is the case, who’s dividing and conquering?
Alas, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Also, I prefer talking about these things over a beer, not on a comic website, haha!
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you’re all starting this year like Chuck: Full of optimism and with a can-do attitude that extends beyond the imagination of mere mortals! Looking forward to a great year 2015 and hope to see all y’all (or is it “all y’alls”? Somebody from Texas, please help out) around our online premises often!
Sorry for the slight delay in today’s update! Yesterday was a public holiday here, so it kinda felt like Monday for me today, and I almost forgot to upload the regular Tuesday strip. Well, better late than never!