We’ve been doing this comic for long enough now to know exactly what kind of feedback we would be getting for this particular strip. So, let us come out up-front with an explanation: Yes, we know that most aircraft have circuit breakers installed and not old fashioned glass fuses (or whatever you call those type of fuses with a melting wire in English). But the Roost Air Cessna is very old, and also has a lot of custom modifications installed by Julio. There you go!
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.
Cloud storage is a great thing. When I think back even just 20 years, when 3.5″ floppy disks were the state of the art to save and transport data, it is amazing how far we’ve come. I wonder what progress we will see in the next 20 years!
Keeping duty times is a serious thing. I remember when I was a truck driver in the army, I was out driving the whole day during a maneuver in winter, and some sergeant wanted me to take a guard duty shift, essentially cutting my sleep down to three hours for that night. I flat out refused. I wasn’t going to drive a seven ton truck with a dozen men in the back around on icy roads after hardly getting any sleep. Of course, it’s easier to refuse when you’re drafted and don’t care too much, than when it’s your career and you don’t want to disgruntle your employer.
As a cultured and refined gentleman with a sophisticated sense of humor, I find it hilarious that the English words “duty” and “doodie” are pronounced in almost exactly the same way. And I never noticed until I saw the movie “Wreck-It Ralph” in which they managed to insert a whole lot of jokes of that kind! So, ever since I saw that movie, I have to chuckle when I hear the word “duty time”. (Not that I’d hear that word a lot, as a cartoonist!)
One thing that really drove me nuts back when I was working in maintenance was when somebody took a special tool and didn’t bring it back to the tool locker. That’s when my throwing tools came out! (see last strip, LOL). It’s almost as bad as taking the last beer out of the fridge and putting the empty six-pack carton back in the fridge!
Also, we seemed to only have one label maker there for the whole company. I wonder how much time was wasted and how many billable hours the company lost while mechanics and office personnel alike were looking for that thing. It was never in the spot it was supposed to be.
But on the other hand, another thing that I really hate is when the damn vending machine takes my money! Maybe Julio will forgive Chuck this time …
This is one of the strips that was inspired by a discussion in our forum or on our Facebook group, although I can’t remember who came up with the idea of “throwing tools” and when. But it certainly is a strategy that will save Julio a lot of money in the long run!
During AirVenture 2012 we were up on the balcony to give an interview for EAA radio when this massive storm suddenly came rolling through. Everybody got wet, the airshow got cancelled. Umbrellas, tents, little kids, and a cat or two were flying through the air, but no planes… except for the few ultralights that flipped on their backs unfortunately.
The interview was suspended which initially was disappointing but nobody was listening to our jokes anyways during the storm. Vendors were running after their tables and precious beer was spilled.
Taking shelter high up in the EAA radio building we got to see the whole action created by the weather event and as a result this strip was invented. A day or two later we got to come up on the balcony again during much better weather to finish the interview and had a blast.
Well, we could have thought of that ourselves, but we didn’t. Fortunately we have attentive and imaginative readers, such as Karl Winters, who wrote us to suggest that the Roost Air Crew might participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Well, there you go, Karl. Happy now? I think Julio might want a word with you, as soon as he wakes up!
Of course Chuck flies better than everybody else out there! At least in his own mind …
I saw a study recently where they interviewed drivers about their perceived skill and driving ability. Almost every single one of the interviewed drivers thought they drive better and safer than most other drivers on the road. Yet there are still traffic accidents for some reason, HAHA.
And I have seen similar reactions when it comes to flying. Just look at any aviation forum when a recent incident is being discussed. Almost every pilot has an opinion on how they would have done things differently to prevent the accident. In my carreer I have found that there are as many ways of doing things in the air as there are pilots.
I have also noticed that doing things the Chuck-way, isn’t always the right way … 😉