So Chuck just got back from the Heli Expo 2015 in Orlando and told me about yet another change at Airbus Helicopters, formerly known as Eurocopter, formerly known as Aerospatiale. Now they are changing the name of the iconic helicopter, known in the States as “AStar” or “Squirrel” from AS350 to H125!
Uhm … what?
To me personally, naming a helicopter “Airbus” already doesn’t make sense and we poked plenty of fun at it last year. But even changing the designation? Well, I’m sure the highly intelligent marketing people have a really good reason for this which just isn’t easy to understand for a simple helicopter pilot, and the costs of changing marketing all the way down to re-writing the manuals and checklists will be absorbed somehow… probably by the customer.
Here is the Vertical Magazine article that was the inspiration for the current strip:
If you look on YouTube you will find that people out there are looping Cessna 172’s, yet mostly without chickens in them. So please don’t go out and do that because you’ve read it on Chicken Wings!
I have only done aerobatics in a plane once in a Decathlon. The closest I usually get in a helicopter is doing “Ag-Turns” flying frost and such. Most of my exposure to aerobatics comes from working with Chuck Aaron, the Red Bull helicopter guy. From him I know that, at least in the Red Bull helicopter, it is very important to have the right CG set up to make the show go down properly or it won’t work at all.
I like how Chuck is the “I-don’t-know-what-I-am-thinking-before-I-heard-what-I-was-saying” kind of type 😉
In other news: Our contest is still running! (click here) You have until next Tuesday to submit your Chicken Wings drawing! And it would be nice if everybody else would take a look at all the entries so far and cast their votes via “liking” the ones they like best!
Seems Hans is getting some ideas from the NSA. Of course the equipment he uses looks more like it’s from the era of the Armed Forces Security Agency in WWII. But I admit that that’s more because of my limitations as an artist. You see, it’s a bit of a dilemma that all electronic equipment gets smaller and smaller and looks more and more the same. Nowadays, if you want to draw somebody listening to music, taking a photo, filming or looking something up on the internet, you can do all that by drawing a small rectangle that represents a smartphone. But while on one hand that’s easy to draw, on the other hand, it’s not that easy to actually show what’s really going on. In the days of the grammophone or the ghetto blaster, it was way easier to symbolize somebody as listening to music than nowadays, when people use rice grain sized iPods and pea sized earbuds. Try drawing that without a .18 technical pen and so that you can still see what’s going on!
Oh, and the whole idea of Chuck and Julio building radio controlled cars is based on real life (again). Apparently, after flying day in and day out, my brother tends to gravitate towards hobbies that have nothing to do with aviation!
One of my favorite things to do when I am on the road with a crew is “accidentally” calling things by the wrong name. It drives some of our mechanics nuts and some of them take it very serious. Like when they are all watching football and I ask them which “inning” we’re in. Other times they’d be watching basketball and I would innocently ask why they suddenly have a fourth “period”.
I have learned that the Americans take their sport very seriously. So in this case I’m not sure if Chuck and Hans are messing with Julio or if they really are lost. My guess would be Chuck is messing with him and Hans really has now idea what they’re playing …
Oh, also! There will be a newsletter out shortly, but I wanted to mention today already that we will have a Black Friday discount in both of our online shops! You will get 20% off your entire order. Simply use coupon code “CHUCKBF2014” during checkout.
I assume that most of our readers are more familiar with aircraft types than Hans and don’t have to google what an Antonov 225 is. For those who don’t know, the Antonov An-225 Mryia is the biggest and heaviest airplane ever to grace our skies. Technically, the Hughes H-4 Hercules had a wider wingspan than the An-225, but, unlike the Hercules, the An-225 is fully operational and still flying today. I’m sure Hans would have enough leg room in both planes though.
Now be honest guys! Haven’t we all been there? Who can honestly say they have never “sampled” the loot of their kids or maybe tested a few candy items “just to make sure it’s ok” before you give it out for Halloween? I admit I’m guilty on both accounts!
Who of you have great Halloween candy stories? Let’s hear them!
I rarely lack overall motivation. I often lack the motivation though to do something particular that needs to be done. When I work, I think I should be doing yard work, when I do my accounting, I think I should be drawing, when I draw, I think I should be playing with my son etc. I really wonder if there’s a way to make ones mind accept the fact that there are only so many hours in a day and that it’s okay to be doing what I’m doing. Maybe I should hire a motivational speaker for myself! I need to find where my wife hides the coffee money …
It’s raining cats and dogs here right now. Weirdly enough, when I’m really busy and have tons of work, I like this kind of weather. Because it means I can’t do any other things like gardening etc., since I can’t leave the house (I’m allergic to dogs and especially cats). That means I can really focus on my work with a clear conscience.
What a great idea of Hans! He sure knows how to motivate his staff. And, since we want to spread the positivity around you guys too, how about a really motivating blog post to go along with today’s comic?
A good place to start is always a Winston Churchill quote. Allegedly he once said “Never, never, never give up.” Awesome quote, isn’t it? Now imagine a great photograph of a sunrise in the mountains, or a serene lake, or a guy climbing one of those monumental rocks in the Colorado desert, with that quote superimposed on it in a stylish font. Makes it even better, doesn’t it?
Churchill definitely pictured something like that in his mind, because he took his own advice seriously, including smoking and drinking. Another great motivational quote comes to mind, from Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Unless you dream of fighting ice giants with a laser lance, riding on godzilla. That’s quite impossible, because the laser would only pass through the ice, of course.
And last but not least, you should aim for the moon! Because if you miss, you may hit a star. Albeit many thousands of years later, and you will be incinerated instantly. But that’s nothing to worry about, because you would have suffocated long before that.
Anyway, I hope I could motivate you and inspire you to some great deeds today with these words! Go forth and be awesome!
After last week’s comic strip full of Star Wars movie quotes, we thought we’d keep everybody in the spirit and post today’s strip full of Top Gun quotes. It is not our first strip of that kind, of course. All those movie quotes are some of the most challenging things for me to translate, when I turn our comics into German. Because my memory isn’t good enough to know all the movies completely by heart, and that in two languages, I need to find both versions, or scripts or short clips on Youtube to find out how a certain phrase was translated into German. That’s a really interesting experience, because it is amazing how much the original and the dubbed version sometimes differ. It can be a really grueling task.