Always stay polite, that’s half the ticket! And if I may seize this opportunity to brag about my son: He’s not even two years old, but he’s already very polite and (almost) always says please and thank you. Of course he has already realized that his parents sometimes have a hard time resisting when he’s asking for something, and he usually goes for the cute and polite tone of voice instead of being loud and annoying.
The only thing he hasn’t figured out yet is what is in our power to give and what isn’t. For instance, he’s always asking us to see a hot air balloon in the sky. It’s something we saw one day, and he was so fascinated that barely a day goes by without him pointing at the sky exclaiming “Haifon! Bitte!”. Which stands for “Heissluftballon, bitte!”. He’s also asking us for more tunnels on the roads or to make the pigeons coo.
And he also loves all kinds of machinery. Which is funny, because although I am technically interested, I am by no stretch of the imagination a motor freak. But the little guy just loves tractors, cars, excavators etc. and especially has to comment on every motorbike he sees. He also points at almost every plane he sees and says “Uncle Mike!”. Well, we’ll see what the future might bring, but I sure think we have a future pilot of some sort at our hands …
As a former airplane owner AND former boat owner I can more than relate to this strip 😉
It’s probably going to be a while before I will own either again. Boats are best rented for sure. We had a lot of fun with the plane but the guys I owned it with moved away and I wasn’t using it enough to justify the investment. I do know a lot of people though who own a plane and use it on regular basis for work and for transportation. Depending on where I end up and if it makes sense as transportation, I can totally see myself owning another plane. Not sure about another boat though, LOL.
We really love this strip because it’s so “typical Chuck” and how the guy just walks away after being ridiculed. Chuck sees a Cessna as a bad idea and an old WW2 warplane as investment. On the other hand, if you look at what a flying Mustang or Corsair currently goes for, he might even be right. Not sure how much you need to put into it though to get these things sold for millions. Also, note I said “flying” … and “might” be right …
Here’s another classic strip for you, from our very early days. In fact, this is one of the strips of the very first batch, which we drew before we even thought about publishing our work. Back in those days, having your own website wasn’t even on our radar, and we only thought that, maybe, some day, we might approach some magazines with this. Although you need more than five strips for that, of course, and this was strip number five. The originals were black and white only, and I colored it a few years later.
At the company I’m currently flying for we recently switched everything to iPads. They are a great tool and the “Foreflight” app is pretty much the best app ever invented as far as I’m concerned. Another cool invention was that on some fires we can get the fire map as overlay on the iPad to navigate around the fire which is really handy on a big California Fire with many Branches and Divisions.
But we have to keep two iPads for every machine on hand, just in case one goes out on us. We also have to make sure we keep them in the shade so the iPad doesn’t overheat, so we can’t keep them in the aircraft sitting in the sun. Then there are the chargers, the need to keep them charged at all times, and most of us still have their own iPad as well. Additionally our old machines have hand-held GPS’s with a mount for the cockpit. It’s a lot of technology to keep track of to compensate for having just one paper map 😉
Ah, the modern day conveniences… gotta love them!
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!