So, there I was on this little survey job flying a Long Ranger all over the Western States. The job ran long due to constant weather issues (since their corporate department decided the spring would be a good idea to go surveying in the Pacific Northwest with delicate equipment that won’t work in the rain) and everybody was under pressure to get the job done. We were stuck once again with several bands of snow moving in and the weather blocking a mountain pass we had to climb over to get to the next location. You can see the snow would be coming in bands on the weather charts and the briefer at the flight service station confirmed my suspicions as well. But after already several days of waiting the customer somehow started to feel that I wouldnt want to go fly for some reason. It was weird to me because I just love being stuck in a hotel away from home and not fly (insert sarcasm font).
So, every time the weather cleared for just a second and the sun started to come through the phone rang and they said they wanted to try to fly. I told them there will be more snow coming but got tired of them implying I just dont want to go. So after a few days I said nothing changed but lets try it since I wasn’t doing anything else all day anyways. It cleared up, we packed up, drove to the airport, pushed the aircraft out of the hangar got ready to take off, and promptly got snowed on. The equipment they had wouldnt work in the snow, so it was a no-go. So at this point we secured everything again, pushed the aircraft back in the hangar, and went back to the hotel. We must have done this 3 times that day until they caught on to the fact that when the pilot says today is not a good day, it means its not a good day and not I rather sit alone in my hotel room than go fly. And some time shortly after telling this story to Stefan this strip was conceived …
It is funny how you sometimes fail to see the simplest solution. I have done something similar before. We landed a helicopter in Reno with some special equipment on it that kept it from being moved with a tug. Not wanting to remove and re-install it, we opted for tying down the aircraft really well (at below freezing temperatures, btw) which took a while. Then we had to take them all off again the next morning. Everything was frozen. We had to rent a “Herman Nelson” heater to heat up the gearboxes, and so forth… It ended up taking us way more time than simply taking the equipment off and putting the aircraft in a hangar.
It really wasn’t funny at the time but it eventually worked its way into a Chicken Wings strip. Sometimes it takes me a few days (sometimes weeks) to see the humor in what is currently happening to me. But when I do, it usually works out for Chuck and the gang 😉
Another “Craft de Chuck” that only lasted a few minutes in the air. It is pretty amazing how far those little drones have come in the past few years. I remember my first “AR Drone” from 5 years ago which cost more than 500 bucks and didn’t always quite work as advertised. Now they fit in the palm of your hand WITH camera on it and cost as little as 50 bucks. The technology is amazing, especially the size they managed to compress these things down to.
Considering they are affordable kids toys now you can’t help but wonder which classified technology the military has come up with in the meantime …
I seem to have my attention span in common with Chuck. I was so busy today with various stuff that I totally spaced to upload the comic! Well, technically it’s still Tuesday now here, so I guess it’s not a complete fail. Hope none of you was showing any withdrawal symptoms yet!
We’re at an impasse it seems. Is Chuck going to build something he will actually be able to fly sooner or later, will he finish his Corsair first, or will he end up with two planes in the early building stages finishing none of them? I actually know quite a few guys who have been working on their planes as long if not longer than Chuck …
It is hard to say at this point if he is actually going to commit to this new plan of buying another plane, but lets just say he is serious: Would you guys rather see Chuck finish his Corsair, or build a more “practical” plane?? (as you can tell I am using the term “practical” very loosely here, since “practical” and “plane” is kind of an oxymoron).
Lets hear some opinions!
It seems Chuck needs to work on his sales technique. Although he certainly has enough enthusiasm to be a good salesman, he somewhat lacks the ability to identify or arouse a need in the person he’s pitching to.
‘Twas pretty windy here too recently. Although , fortunately, I don’t own an APU that could be blocking my door! On the other hand, I know exactly how Julio feels about the wind blowing all his paperwork away. My drawing table is located right next to the window, which I sometimes, foolishly, leave open unattended. A while later, when I return to my office, am impressed of myself by how clean I keep my desk … before I look on the floor. Fortunately I never lost anything important that way, although I assume it is only a matter of time.
Happy Easter, everyone! Hope you can enjoy the holidays either with your family, or kicking back and relaxing, whatever you prefer! May the Easter Bunny be generous and the eggs and chocolate plentiful!
Okay, although we used the whole “IKEA instructions can be confusing” meme for this strip to work, I have to admit that I never really had any problems reading their instructions and assembling IKEA furniture. I have bought assemble-it-yourself furniture in other stores too, and those instructions were not always that straightforward.
Although I have to admit that I did make some mistakes when assembling stuff. My “favorite” one is this:
We had these skirting along the walls. By the way, I had to look this word up in the dictionary and it told me the correct term is “plinth”. Seriously? What kind of word is that supposed to be? Is that correct? Anyway, I mean this wooden strip at the bottom corner of the wall, that prevents you from hitting the wall with chair legs etc.
We bought this brand new wardrobe closet from IKEA (Pax, for anyone who’s interested), and I decided to saw off the bottom corners of the side panels, so I could push it all the way to the wall. Turns out, it would have been smart to saw the corners off in a mirror-inverted way. So I ended up with a closet that has three corners missing …
But that had nothing to do with the instructions, of course, and I accept full responsibility!
Do any of you guys have any funny furniture stories?
And I can hardly believe it’s already Friday again! I totally spaced out there, drawing a very complicated custom cartoon for my favorite airline, and almost forgot to upload todays strip.
But, fortunately, I remembered, so here you go with today’s installment of Chuck’s adventures. Maybe somebody should better call an ambulance instead? As we can see in this comic, it’s easy to get injured in your workplace, so please be safe out there!
Have a great weekend everybody!