Ah, the old IFR hood. I have spent many hours wearing this sexy hat going through my instrument training and even more time putting young hopefuls through their training when I was a CFI. Some of those hoods have gotten a little more sophisticated than the ones they had back in my days but the idea is the same. The ones of you who fly instruments are very familiar I am sure.
For the ones of you who don’t have an instrument flight rating: “The hoods” function is exactly as Chuck describes it in the strip. You put this thing on and it keeps you from looking outside the window when you are practicing flying solely by instruments. That way you don’t have to actually be in the clouds (especially if you’re training in areas like California or Nevada where there aren’t a lot of clouds) and the instructor can look for traffic instead of you while flying in perfect conditions. If things go wrong, you take the hood off and just keep flying the way you’re used to under VFR conditions (which means looking outside and enjoy the scenery – for more info on pilot lingo, check out our page.
Let’s hear some IFR training stories from you guys!
Looks like Julio’s and Alex’s prank has backfired! They probably didn’t think through what would happen if you’d give Chuck’s ego another boost. It might just end up exploding!
I think one thing that makes a good pilot, is the ability to process new and unexpected information quickly.
I would say that Chuck doesn’t always stumble with women. He only seems to do so when there’s the slightest hint of positive feedback!
For all of you not flying commercially, “the FARS” stands for “Federal Aviation Regulations”. These are the rules all of us fly by and Chuck SHOULD as well. When you start your flight training, your instructor usually doesn’t start teaching you the regulations and about how much you actually need to know until a few lessons in as to not discourage you right away, HAHA!
I remember being somewhat shocked about how many rules there actually are. And I continue shake my head every now and then since the rule books keep getting bigger.
This strip actually came from a time when I was training a new 135 pilot for our company while an FAA inspector was observing me. The AC was not working that day, or just not very well, and we didn’t have our conference room available. So I conducted the training in one of our little offices. I actually got in trouble for doing that since the rules apparently state that the company needs to provide a comfortable environment for classroom training. Of course you have to really look for those rules as they are buried in training manuals and the FAA’s own bible, the 8300 Inspectors handbook. I had never even thought about any of this before since after flying fires in the woods and the desert, ANYTHING with a chair and a little shade is already what we would consider “comfortable” in the helicopter business. But the inspector came from a United Airlines background and wanted me to conduct my training for one guy in a 3-helicopter-company exactly as United does for their 100,000+ crew.
I forgot the exact issue and how it was resolved but it was probably by making sure the inspector didn’t break a sweat next time he came to inspect us …
Today’s strip reminds me a bit of this one here. It seems making quick and decisive calls is one of the strengths in Roost Air company culture!
All kidding aside, I think being able to allot the right amount of time and brain computing power to a decision, in accordance to the importance of the decision and the availability of facts, is one of the most important skills you can attain. If you spend half an hour in front of the yoghurt aisle or trying to make you mind up when reading a menu in a restaurant, you may have a serious problem in your life that you’re not even aware of.
I don’t really have much to say on the subject of tire balancing, other maybe than that I once had a tire on my car on which the balancing weight looked as if it’d weigh more than the tire itself. I wonder if there’s a legal limit as to how unbalanced a tire is allowed to be. But since there’s a law (or two, or three) for everything, I’m sure there is.
Poor Chuck. As it turns out the chick was just into him because she wanted to sell him something. I had high hopes for Chuck this time around. But with this new life lesson learned he will move on I’m sure.
If we can learn one thing from Chuck, it should be how he gets up with a great attitude every morning ready to conquer the day. And how he never gives up or gets discouraged. OK, so it’s two things we can learn here.
And if there is one thing we should NOT pick up from Chuck, it’s his technique for landing a plane with tricycle gear …
I just filed my income tax statement yesterday, so this comic strip somehow struck a chord with me today. Where I live, we have a public expenditure / tax quota of almost 50%. I think we rank number three in an international comparison. It’s mind boggling to me how they can take half of our economic output and still not have enough and pile ever more debt on the shoulders of our children. I think if they’d tax us 100%, they’d still manage to produce a government deficit.
This situation could also fall into the “it’s been like that for over 2 weeks, so it’s normal” category. Another favorite of mine, especially when I was working as mechanic, is always “it broke right when I landed!” HAHA!
I’m pretty sure we won’t get anybody here admitting on the internet to what all they have done and/or thought of doing during their aviation career.
But I’m sure all of you in the piloting business have flown that one aircraft with that one little annoying yet constant problem that never gets fixed. Nothing unsafe or un-airworthy, just annoying. I sure have! (Or have I? We may never know …)
That’s what makes Chuck so loveably, we can relate to him, can’t we? At a minimum we see “that one guy we know who is just like Chuck”. But admit it, if we dig deeper we see a little of ourselves in Chuck …