The internet never ceases to come up with new crazes, fads or fashions to entertain and engage us. (Notice how I just wrote about the internet as if it was an entity or creature? But that’s a whole other subject for another time). Planking, Gangnam style dance videos, the Harlem shake, the ice bucket challenge … the list goes on and on. The latest fad is the so called “mannequin challenge”, in which people try to enact a real life freeze frame, and somebody with a camera moves around and films the whole thing. There are a few really, really impressive ones out there. I remember one with a whole gymnast crew and one in a power lifter gym, where people hold perfectly still in positions that few other mortal men even can dream of getting into.
Anyway, I thought about how this mannequin challenge would play out in different scenarios or workplaces. If you work in a clothes store or at Madame Tussauds, you could probably participate in it without even being noticed. But I’m sure there are professions out there, such as lumberjack, zookeeper, firefighter or soldier, where freezing up could have some dire consequences.
That’s more or less how today’s comic strip was born, although the consequences for Chuck, Julio and Sally are seemingly not as dire.
Aviation is full of good people who start out with the best of intentions. But since the profit margins are very low compared to the risk you take, I have seen a lot of small operators going through great length to make every penny last. Some of them go into outright panic mode from time to time since a lot of the helicopter industry I have worked in is the seasonal kind.
It’s probably understandable that the average employee might see the boss as a “blood sucking, soul crushing” monster when said panic situation arrives.
Hans is more the embodiment of a corporate type management taking over an operation without having much experience in the business. The decisions made as a result are often less than desirable. I am currently working at a place that is run as well as Roost-Air. And since the company went public, we added no more Julio’s but about 5 more Hans-types to the same amount of aircraft and to that one Chuck comparatively. At least it provides more “Chicken Wings” material for the immediate future.
Happy Halloween everybody!
Here’s another dusty old comic strip for you! I guess it explains the reason why everything has to be written down and documented in triplicate when it comes to aircraft maintenance. It also reminds me of elementary school, when we were playing “telephone”. Who says you don’t learn stuff that is useful for real life in school? I see that technique used in practice very often!
I don’t know about you guys but for us the Top Gun references never get old. That was such a classic movie we grew up with and still love to see every time it’s on TV. You can tell by looking at this week’s feature that we tried for a new record on how many Top Gun lines and references we can actually fit in a single comic strip. And since Chuck is a huge fan as well (even though his career ended up looking a little different than he envisioned when he first saw the movie – so did mine, btw) there might be more in the near future unless we start hearing complaints.
Any news on the sequel that was supposed to be coming out btw? Personally I’m a little nervous about it …
Well it seems that one should not judge books by their covers, or cats by their circumference. And now that the cat is history, normal operations can resume at Roost Air. That is, if we accept a rather broad definition of the word “normal” …
Oops! I did it again. I don’t mean “played with your heart and got lost in the game”, but “forgot to upload a strip on Tuesday”! Well, only a few days left until I turn 40, so maybe that counts as an excuse? And I don’t know why I just put a question mark here at the end of that sentence, but now I’m gonna leave it? Because when I type, I sometimes hear myself talking in my head? And for some reason, my inner voice had the intonations of, like, one of those girls who raise their voice at the end of their sentences, so every sentence sounds like a question? Okay, I’ll stop. It must have been the mental image of Britney Spears in school uniform that triggered me.
Anyway, sorry, folks! Looks like the rat is doomed, doesn’t it? It is funny to read all the reactions of people’s vermin problems and solutions!
While we are kept waiting to find out what happens next, we get to meet Hans’s cat at least. Is it just me, or do I see a close resemblance to the famous Garfield in that cat. I wonder why that is? We grew up reading about the adventures of the worlds laziest cat. But we had no idea Garfield had a sister.
Since you guys have proven to me that you actually read what’s underneath the comic, I decided to share a story my crew chief told me last night. I was laughing the whole night and it made me think of Chuck:
When my chief was a crew chief in the air force working on cargo planes (for a different country and before everything became PC) they were told they had to fly a passenger from A to B somewhere in Africa. The passenger was a “desk soldier” and had never been in the cockpit of an airplane so they decided to make the flight more interesting for her. They took off and proceeded on their way during what was just a routine flight. The lady was thoroughly enjoying her experience in the cockpit with “the guys”.
But when it came time to start the decent and approach the copilot said to the captain “Well captain, it’s time to start the approach” to which the captain responded “Oh no, I don’t do the approaches. I am only a take-off captain”.
“What? But I am also just a take-off captain!” the copilot responded.
“So you’re saying we have only two take off captains and no landing captains on this plane?”
“How are we supposed to land this thing?”
“I can’t believe this. Why would they schedule the two of us together?”
“It makes no sense! What were they thinking over in dispatch?”
The lady was getting really nervous at this point.
“Well, I guess we can give it a try.”
“We don’t have any options really because fuel is getting low. And I’ve seen what the landing captain does once before.”
They proceeded with the approach and started to over steer the aircraft just slightly, messing around not picking up the glide slope 😉
The lady freaked out, started crying, total panic. They couldn’t even console her after they told her it was just a joke and there was no such thing as a take-off captain and a landing captain. The chief thought she may have never flown in a plane since…
I don’t think it was necessarily a mean spirited joke because they were probably expecting her to say “Yeah, right” at some point but apparently they were too convincing.
But doesn’t this story sound like something Chuck and Julio might be involved in?
Can it be that “Chicken Wings” is not invented after all?
And the “Rat Saga” goes on. Looking at all your posts from earlier this week it seems to me that snakes are almost a bigger problem than rats. EEEK! I have never had one in the hangar or inside an aircraft but I did almost get bit by a rattler in Nevada when I was reaching underneath the helicopter to unhook the Bambi bucket. It had curled up on the control head of the bucket in the shade underneath the aircraft and was only inches away from my hand. Never rattled actually, just lunged. It did occur to me that I wasn’t sure who would fly ME out of the desert if I was bitten. We were in the middle of nowhere. Believe me, I was way more vigilant for the remainder of the season. After all that is yet another thing they don’t teach you in flight school …
I am actually not sure we have had Chuck and Julio encounter snakes yet. But it does seem like there might be some potential for a comical situation if they do. Any ideas?
I know, this one isn’t very aviation related. But is it? Working in aviation I have dealt with rats more than I ever thought I would nor cared to deal with. Had them in the hangar, in the plane, in the parts room (where the idea may or may not have come from … strongly leaning towards “may”), inside construction trailer we worked out of, at the helibase, and so forth. You get my drift.
What came first? The hangar or the rat?
Where have you found rats so far?
Anyway, we had a lot of fun making this strip. The line that Julio got for the first panel and Chuck for the last one had us giggling the whole time writing and drawing this. Enjoy!
I don’t own a plane, but I do own a house. Well, technically, I own [(the house – the open mortgage) / 2], but although the difference to how I treated my rented apartments to how I treat my house is noticeable, it is not huge. I was always an exemplary renter and treated the apartment with respect. Not just because I wanted my deposit back, but because I’m a stickler for efficiency and hate waste. I don’t just disklike wasting my own time, money and energy, I also dislike wasting other peoples resources. Ask me how I feel about our taxes and public spending, haha!
Anyway, I do admit that I am thinking way more long term and financially calculating when it comes to my own property. And of course, I end up doing way more work myself!