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!
Whenever you’re working on something, be it a car, plane or other machine, or when you’re cooking or doing repairs in the house, there’s nothing better than having a henchman who’s actively thinking along and ahead, and already has the right tool ready for you when you need it. My father in law is a great example for that. Working with that man is a pleasure! And no, I’m not sucking up, I don’t think he reads this blog!
Chuck isn’t doing that bad either here. And I am sure most of us would probably have walked away at the same point.
I also try to be a good henchman whenever there’s a call for it. And an important trait for an henchman is to know your position. Don’t wander off trying to do something else productive, but rather focus on your supporting role and facilitate the main person’s work. Oh, and don’t give too much or uncalled for advice. Execute orders faithfully… Are there “commandments for good henchmen” out there? Do you know other important points?
I look at today’s comic and an old musician joke comes to mind: “How do you know if the stage is level? When the drummer drools out of both sides of the mouth equally.” Well, that doesn’t work in a cockpit, does it! It really is no surprise that so many aviation pioneers met a horrible fate because of unexpected clouds, because, without instruments, it must be absolutely terrifying to suddenly be blind and not even able to trust your own perception of “down” anymore. Still happens today too. I’m sure many of you who fly have some tale to tell in that regard.