I remember a similar incident when I was flying home from Okinawa. We had a layover in one of the really big Asian airports (I forget with one but the terminal was so large you couldn’t see from one end to the other and you would notice the earth’s curvature almost). To pass the time and in order to get ready for sitting in the plane for many hours we decided to walk the whole length and back. But of course as soon as we got to the very opposite of the gate we were supposed to depart from, I received a page to see somebody at said gate immediately. That was a long run back and it took more than the five minutes Chuck was given by Julio …
As a layman, one of the thing that fascinates me most about flying formation is not just how close the planes can get (which is fascinating, of course), but how they manage to fly exactly the same speed. Maybe I’m embarrassing myself now with stupid questions, but how accurate and how sensitive is the throttle of a plane? How precise can you set the speed, and then keep it? With the throttle, you adjust the thrust, not the airspeed, right?
So, as briefly mentioned last Friday, this is the very last strip of the very first book. We are now over thousand strips further down the road and in the middle of working on the newest book. That’s right! There will be a new Chicken Wings book this summer! We’re not 100% sure when exactly but we are happy to report that the biggest hurdles (printing being the main one in the bunch) have been overcome and that we are now getting closer to finalizing lose ends every day.
You guys helped a great deal with the cover a while back, which we highly appreciate since discussing the cover also seems to always hold us up a bunch. And then there is just some good old procrastination involved as well (“procrastination”, the art of keeping up with yesterday) with the real life changes we went through in the last two years that made the cartoon world having to wait.
As for today’s strip: Since these comics were originally designed to just be passed around the office and were often based on real life events involving real life mechanics and pilots, we had to clean up the language a little in order to be able to have all ages read our stuff. But you can pretty much imagine what originally said on the last panel 😉
It is time for another classic comic again. This particular one rounded out or first book which is now well over 10 years ago. The idea came when I was working on getting an old Cessna Skymaster through its annual inspection which hadn’t been flown in over a year and seemed to have a rat problem. What all I found in there after taking off the floor panels was pretty gross to say the least. I’ll spare you guys the details. It would have been nice to just have a cat take care of everything. Or would it? …
Also, I hope some of you were able to go to AERO in Friedrichshafen this week. It’s a very cool show which I am bummed to miss. But Stefan is there! Say Hello to him at the “Fliegermagazin” booth (A5-325) at 3pm today if you guys are in the area.
You just don’t mess with a man’s tools, period. It doesn’t matter if that man is an aircraft mechanic, or car mechanic, or a male chicken working on cartoon airplanes. Aviation tools are expensive and a life-time investment and guys rightfully get very protective of them.
In my house we have two different systems. I have a MAC toolbox almost exactly like the one Julio uses. It’s not super organized with tool shadowing anymore but everything has its place. My wife has a “tool bowl”. It’s an old salad bowl with a bunch of random tools in it. She claims there is a system but even if there was, it sure would be hard to figure out for the average guy. Somehow when I’m gone for longer periods, some of my tools seem to wander out of my tool box just to miraculously end up in her “tool bowl”. Doesn’t always make me happy but at least I know where to look when something is missing out of my box.
P.S.: Sorry for posting later than usual! We were experiencing internet connection problems.
Unlike Chuck, I was never any good at hitting on women. Okay, maybe that’s worded poorly. Chuck isn’t really good at it either, but it seems he enjoys the challenge. I was always more of an awkward and nervous dork. Maybe, if you just count the success rate, I was actually more successful than Chuck. But I guess when it comes to making the first move and chatting up a girl, Chuck would beat my total numbers on one evening.
Those days are long gone anyway. I’m out of the game for many years now, and I can’t say I miss it! But I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Chuck, and all you other bachelors out there!
As a cartoonist, I am not subject to random drug testing. From practical point of view, I would have no problem with it. The only drugs I occasionally partake in are light forms of alcohol and the odd aspirin or whatever to get through a cold. Since I became a father, time is short, I go out less and go to bed way earlier than before, so even my alcohol consumption has been reduced to an average of maybe two beers a week.
But on a moral level, I would sure hate to be told what I can and can’t consume. I totally get that, if you operate heavy machinery and/or are responsible for other people’s lives, you have to be of sound mind. But isn’t it unfair that, if you get totally wasted on booze on Friday and then get called for a random drug test on Monday, you’re okay, but if you smoke one joint on Friday and get tested on Monday, you’d lose your job?
And, continuing the discussion from last Friday, about crew rest and pilot fatigue, isn’t sleep deprivation way worse than most effects of drugs? I heard that the crew of the Dubai Air plane that crashed in Russia was said to be totally overworked and sleep deprived, and that this problem is way more common in the industry than most people would want to admit.
And what about prescription drugs? I’m sure there are books full of regulations fort those, right?
Again, I don’t even do drugs myself, and this is just my humble opinion, but I sure think that a more relaxed attitude towards recreational drug use would probably be the best for everybody. If you compare the Netherlands, who “have to” shut down prisons because of a lack of crime, and the US, whose prisons are full to the brim with (not only, but a lot) of non-violent drug offenders, it isn’t hard to see which system seems to work better.
By the way, that’s an interesting question to the Dutch among you: Are pilots allowed to consume hemp, or are the rules stricter than for regular citizens?
Even though we make light of the situation here at Roost-Air, pilot fatigue is a very serious issue. Many publications have been written about pilot fatigue, yet it still seems to take up a good portion of every accident and incident graph or statistic. Some have said it is even on the rise now with all the modern technology we now have acquired and can’t seem to be able to turn off in time to get some rest.
At my day job we have our own issues with this problem, especially with the international travel and long duty times during big fires. But one thing I have noticed is that I spend a good time of my day updating electronics, GPS’s, maps, and write reports which all dips into time I could spend resting. Either it is because I’m getting older and it just bugs me more, or it could be that there was just a little “less to do” back when we didn’t have all this convenient technology and the new cover sheets for our TPS reports…
How do guys feel about the subject?
Any good stories you want to share we can all learn from?
This is troubleshooting on the same level of “did you turn it off and on again?” or “Is it plugged in?”. I think we’ve all been there and done that multiple times. At least I can claim that I have never forgot to remove the control lock!
When I’m hungry, I can turn really, really grumpy. So I feel for Hans in this strip! Anyway, I think “going on a diet” is the wrong approach anyway. The best thing is to “change” your diet. It’s amazing what bad habits you can develop over time. But that’s a long discussion for another time.
I wanted to give everybody a quick reminder that I will be at the Comic Con Austria in Linz this weekend! It’d be great if anybody would come and visit me there! I’ll be sitting at an artist table, probably also on a special diet, namely coffee and chocolate bars.