Another valiant attempt by Chuck. I, as a comic artist, obviously have a much easier time impressing the ladies than Chuck. All I need to do is drive up in my golden Maserati to my 60 foot yacht in Saint Tropez, unbutton the top couple of buttons on my Armani shirt, and boom! I fall out of bed and wake up.
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:
When I first moved out of my parents’ home, one of the biggest changes was to suddenly be responsible for my own food. With a shocking regularity, well-cooked meals suddenly failed to magically appear on my dinner table, and the fridge also didn’t self-replenish like it did back home.
Ah, the things you eat in those days of bachelorship. I’m sure most of you who are old enough to not live with your parents anymore know exactly what I’m talking about!
It’s that time of the year again where Chuck sneaks out so he can be at the international Heli-Expo. Of course in true Chuck-fashion, he will have to sit in every helicopter on display there to check it out and collect all the helicopter pens he can carry.
Do you guys think Hans told him to go out and buy a new helicopter for Roost-Air?
If you happen to be in Orlando this week, stop by and visit with our friends from “Vertical Magazine” at Booth 5828. They have free helicopter posters and you might even find a comic about Chuck in their free Show News not yet seen online. Sometimes they even have beer there (remember, no flying afterwards!).
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!
While Chuck is waiting for pushback, I am here on the backend of our website doing some changes and maintenance. So far, so good! There is still the occasional glitch though, so please bear with me if you spot something that’s not working as it should.
Oh, and a quick heads up: We’re planning a new contest soon! Stay tuned! We’ll probably start in the next couple of days!
My brother always had a knack for modeling. I mean the building little airplanes, not the strutting down a catwalk kind, of course. He can spend hours and hours on getting all the details right. I never had the same kind of patience required for that. On the other hand, I have the patience to brood over a piece of paper for hours on end, in order to draw a comic strip. I wonder if those are inherent traits, or if the preferences developed coincidentally when we grew up. I always crashed my model planes and cars etc. and never seemed to get them to work right. On the other hand, I received a lot of admiration for my drawings. Also, drawings have the advantage that they usually don’t crash and have to be repaired!
I remember that, when I was a kid, we still had the occasional power outage now and then, during thunderstorms for example. Now the grid has become so stable that I can only remember two power outages during the last two decades or so. The last one was during winter, and boy was I glad to have my wood burner, my head lamp and a battery powered radio! It’s good to be prepared!
It’s funny, but when it comes to the subject of preparedness, people always seem to consider extreme scenarios, in particular the “end of the world”. Then they seem to split into two camps: Those who want to prepare for a “Mad Max” doom scenario and those who say “well, if it’s the end of the world, what’s the use of preparing” and don’t prepare at all.
I’m certainly not prepared for Armageddon. But I think a middle ground approach is the most reasonable one, i.e. in my opinion, food and water for a couple of weeks and some way to stay warm. Oh, and, most importantly, good relations to your neighbors and friends.
Where do you fall on the preparedness-continuum? Do you have your own chickens and have achieved complete autarky? Or do you rely solely on your credit card and don’t think anything bad will happen?
I think you don’t have to be an aircraft mechanic to sympathize with Julio in this strip. I think everybody had to open something in their lives, some kind of gear, device, or only just some packaging, where they had to go through half the toolbox to eventually succeed. I, for one, sometimes wonder why they don’t make bank vaults out of the same material and design that some clam shell packaging is made of!
I’m not sure if you guys noticed but in this comic, the punchline is actually in the first panel instead of the last 😉
We thought it was really funny having Chuck say “I’m a reasonable man”, HAHA!
So now Chuck will have a fixer-upper airplane in a fixer-upper hangar. Where will the story go from here? What do you think? Let’s have you guys inspire us!