I guess this strip would work with many, many other professions as well. My brief brushes with employment gave me enough insight to appreciate my state of self-employment. I’d be lying if I said I enjoy it every day though. There’s some upside to having a regular paycheck, paid sick leave, paid vacation, not having to bother with accounting and taxes, etc. etc. Besides a reliable, I’d say the fact that I’m always on the job is the most grueling part of self-employment. No matter what I do outside my office, a little voice in my head always keeps telling me: You could be working!
But at least I don’t have a boss! Ha!
With all those different kind of inspections, it’s no wonder Hans gets confused. I know I am. But then, I’m not running a charter operation. I’m sure glad my car doesn’t need an inspection every 100 hours. It’s annoying enough to have to do it once a year! But cars don’t drop out of the sky if something goes wrong, so there’s that.
Fortunately, I have found a shop nearby where they don’t try to sell me unnecessary services and that is within walking distance from my home. I don’t know about you, but whenever I found a business where I like the people, they don’t try to push stuff on me and they do a good job, I feel weirdly happy. Maybe because that’s so rare? Haha. I don’t usually bash businesses, but I sure leave positive online reviews of the ones I like.
Boy, have I strayed from the original topic again! Let’s see if I can take it a step further. Online reviews usually provide a ranking with stars, and stars usually star in movies. Has anyone seen that last new movie out of Hollywood? I haven’t, because all I do is work and spend time with my kids, which includes the odd diaper inspection, which certainly should be done more frequently than every 100 hours. And so we’ve come full circle …
This is not the first time we have touched on the subject of our over-reliance on technical gadgets and smart phones. I am in the middle of wiggling my way through the annual CTS online training classes for my FAR 135 charter pilot currency and I am more or less surprised that the subject of distractions in the cockpit increasingly keeps popping up among the questions. It is nice to have all that technology available as long as it doesn’t keep you from looking out the cockpit window (I know, I know, unless you’re IFR).
Yet in Chuck’s case demonstrated here today one must wonder if he simply forgot to look out of the window, or if he used his app to his advantage to get out of washing the planes. Maybe he simply didn’t refresh his weather report since it said what he wanted it to say in the morning?
What do you guys think?
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!