Just in case you were wondering: This little story here is what happened to me as a young charter pilot pretty much exactly like we drew it. The only difference is the aircraft was a Jet Ranger. I have dealt with many low budget film crews in my life and they are very hard to work with. Most of them are way too excited about their cause and they expect you to do a lot of additional stuff they didn’t pay for. And somehow a lot of them had it in their minds that a Jet Ranger would cost the same amount as a taxi cab and they are always shocked about the real price. One company I worked for learned the hard way to collect the money BEFORE we did the flights.
Working in Hollywood is not always as glamorous as it may look on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” …
And if you are wondering why Chuck is wearing a jacket instead of his usual pilot shirt, you may need to tune in again this Friday. 😉
Did Chuck unearth his leather jacket to impress the guys from the film crew? After all, long time readers may remember that he’s been working on a movie script for almost as long as on his corsair.
Oh boy. If I had a nickel for every time this happened in my career as pilot so far. The always welcomed last minute charter when you already have plans and the small operator who doesn’t have anybody else to do it. I can really feel for Chuck on this one and so can a few ex-girlfriends of mine I am sure. Lets see how this shakes out. This story may or may not be based on a true story again.
What do you guys think?
And you know what I just realized while I am writing this? Considering my salary as up and coming charter pilot back then and the California tax laws, I probably did get an actual whole nickel in over-time bottom line every time this happened 😉
Well, it’s not that easy of a question to answer, is it? Oftentimes we just think we want something, and then, as soon as we get it, it turns out we don’t really want it after all. So, sometimes it’s good to take a little time to think about what you really, really want in life. It could well turn out that what you really, really, really want is zigazig ah.
I bet what you didn’t really want is that song in your head for the rest of the day! Haha! Gotcha!
So, there I was on this little survey job flying a Long Ranger all over the Western States. The job ran long due to constant weather issues (since their corporate department decided the spring would be a good idea to go surveying in the Pacific Northwest with delicate equipment that won’t work in the rain) and everybody was under pressure to get the job done. We were stuck once again with several bands of snow moving in and the weather blocking a mountain pass we had to climb over to get to the next location. You can see the snow would be coming in bands on the weather charts and the briefer at the flight service station confirmed my suspicions as well. But after already several days of waiting the customer somehow started to feel that I wouldnt want to go fly for some reason. It was weird to me because I just love being stuck in a hotel away from home and not fly (insert sarcasm font).
So, every time the weather cleared for just a second and the sun started to come through the phone rang and they said they wanted to try to fly. I told them there will be more snow coming but got tired of them implying I just dont want to go. So after a few days I said nothing changed but lets try it since I wasn’t doing anything else all day anyways. It cleared up, we packed up, drove to the airport, pushed the aircraft out of the hangar got ready to take off, and promptly got snowed on. The equipment they had wouldnt work in the snow, so it was a no-go. So at this point we secured everything again, pushed the aircraft back in the hangar, and went back to the hotel. We must have done this 3 times that day until they caught on to the fact that when the pilot says today is not a good day, it means its not a good day and not I rather sit alone in my hotel room than go fly. And some time shortly after telling this story to Stefan this strip was conceived …
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.
It is funny how you sometimes fail to see the simplest solution. I have done something similar before. We landed a helicopter in Reno with some special equipment on it that kept it from being moved with a tug. Not wanting to remove and re-install it, we opted for tying down the aircraft really well (at below freezing temperatures, btw) which took a while. Then we had to take them all off again the next morning. Everything was frozen. We had to rent a “Herman Nelson” heater to heat up the gearboxes, and so forth… It ended up taking us way more time than simply taking the equipment off and putting the aircraft in a hangar.
It really wasn’t funny at the time but it eventually worked its way into a Chicken Wings strip. Sometimes it takes me a few days (sometimes weeks) to see the humor in what is currently happening to me. But when I do, it usually works out for Chuck and the gang 😉
Another “Craft de Chuck” that only lasted a few minutes in the air. It is pretty amazing how far those little drones have come in the past few years. I remember my first “AR Drone” from 5 years ago which cost more than 500 bucks and didn’t always quite work as advertised. Now they fit in the palm of your hand WITH camera on it and cost as little as 50 bucks. The technology is amazing, especially the size they managed to compress these things down to.
Considering they are affordable kids toys now you can’t help but wonder which classified technology the military has come up with in the meantime …
I seem to have my attention span in common with Chuck. I was so busy today with various stuff that I totally spaced to upload the comic! Well, technically it’s still Tuesday now here, so I guess it’s not a complete fail. Hope none of you was showing any withdrawal symptoms yet!
We’re at an impasse it seems. Is Chuck going to build something he will actually be able to fly sooner or later, will he finish his Corsair first, or will he end up with two planes in the early building stages finishing none of them? I actually know quite a few guys who have been working on their planes as long if not longer than Chuck …
It is hard to say at this point if he is actually going to commit to this new plan of buying another plane, but lets just say he is serious: Would you guys rather see Chuck finish his Corsair, or build a more “practical” plane?? (as you can tell I am using the term “practical” very loosely here, since “practical” and “plane” is kind of an oxymoron).
Lets hear some opinions!