I like how Hans continuously tries to come up with clever ways to keep his employees motivated. I guess if you are cheap, you need to try to be clever. I am not all that sure he is succeeding this time. Of course none of us in the real aviation world have ever dealt with operators that are cheap (*cough cough*) and know that this strip is completely invented.
But let’s do something new here! Post your favorite “motivational” quotes underneath the strip! Let’s see what motivates you!
Not a bad idea, you have to admit. Although pizza tastes good in most conditions, except maybe frozen, I also prefer it to be at least slightly warm.
Thinking about it, somebody should take this idea and create heated mugs. I don’t know how prevalent Christmas markets are in the States. But around here, we have them everywhere. The traditional drink sold at these markets is hot wine punch, based on mostly red wine and spices. I only partake in it occasionally, but it always bothers me that, when you get the mug, the wine is so hot, you can barely drink it andthe mug burns your fingers. Then there’s a brief period when the wine has just the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold. To me, that period usually last for about two small sips. After that, the wine is so cold that it doesn’t taste good anymore. I wonder why there aren’t thermos mugs or something out there. I pay deposit for those cups anyway.
Safety Posters at your local airport, hangar, maintenance shop, and/or FBO! What are your thoughts? Do they work? Do we need more? Do we have too many?
We have attempted making them funny before and received some good responses on the ones we came up with. But not enough interest to justify printing a bunch of them. Also, the entities we approached thought they were a good idea, but must have not liked them that much because nothing ever came from it. Personally I believe that Chuck is the perfect ambassador when it comes to aviation safety. Mostly as an example of what NOT to do, but still. Many people use Chuck in their slide shows at presentations. Would it be feasible to revisit the Safety Poster idea?
Ha! We almost need to do a follow up to show what happens when Chuck actually starts the engine. Have you ever run into a situation (maybe with your teenage kids) when you were taken literally just so they can get out of the work? I sure have.
Looking at Chucks work here I am once again reminded that I do not miss living where it snows. Every time I go back to visit Austria I always start out thinking how cool the fresh morning snow is and I quite enjoy the novelty of having to dig out the car first thing. But I don’t have to run to work or meet a deadline, and it doesn’t matter if I end up at the ski lift 10 minutes earlier or later. Still that great novelty feeling only lasts about 3 days or so. And after a week or two I am ready to go back to the Southwest of the US. The one time I have seen it snow in Vegas, everything came to a stop since there are no snowplows here. It was kind of fun actually …
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!