Happy Independence Day to all our American readers out there! Hope you all have a great holiday! Here in my neck of the woods, there’s no holiday, but perfect barbecue weather. It’s a shame those two conditions don’t always match.
But it seems the gang at Roost Air has everything they need for a great barbecue. Good weather, some burger paddies, real hardwood lump charcoal, to give the burgers that special flavor, and a time-saving kindle strategy …
To all our British readers, our sincere condolences to losing that pesky colony!
Actually, Sally is closer to the date of the actual legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain than the 4th of July is. The Congress actually voted for it on the 2nd of July. THEN the Declaration of Independence was written, then a few words were revised, and so forth with Congress finally approving it on the 4th of July.
Can you imagine it only took TWO DAYS to push something big like this through Congress back then?!?
Times sure have changed …
Another interesting fact is that this holiday didn’t just end up being the typical barbecuing, beer drinking, sports watching kind of American holiday while the younger generations are forgetting why we’re even celebrating. Most American holidays have met that fate. This one was actually MEANT to be that kind of holiday.
In a letter to his wife John Adams wrote “… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
And knowing Chuck, there’ll probably be most of these. At least fires, illuminations, shows, pomp, and parade …
Every year the Reno Air Racing Association puts on a rookie school for pilots who want to enter the Air Races and get their Race Class Pilot Certification.
And of course since Chuck has been dying to enter his Corsair in the Races he has wanted to go there for years. And of course, since his Corsair still isn’t finished, he might be inclined to take another plane to the class. Not sure if you can bring a Cessna but I don’t think Julio wants to take a chance having known Chuck for as long as he has …
Personally, I would love to fly one of those Formula One Class planes one day having been a Formula 1 fan AND a plane enthusiast my whole life. It would be the perfect combination! But I’d probably pee my pants since I’m not used to going that fast after thousands of helicopter flight hours at 100kts or less …
And who wouldn’t want to fly one of those modified WW2 planes??
Have any of you ever sat in on one of those seminars?
Those of you who have all our books probably have noticed that we like to throw a Snoopy or Peanuts reference in each one. What can we say, we just really like Snoopy! And who doesn’t, really? t think it’s hard to come up with a more universally liked cartoon character. Also, everybody loves pizza, so today’s strip is probably very likable …
Chuck seems to have a vivid and obviously versatile imagination! When I look up at the clouds today, I see a big field of cotton balls. But, to be fair, when there’s a solid cloud cover, guessing the shapes gets infinitely harder.
Summer is here! At least here where I live. If you’re based on the Southern hemisphere, please disregard this announcement. I sure greatly prefer the warmer time of the year to the colder one. Even though my office, or shall we say “studio” (sounds much better), is right under our roof and the 35 year old windows don’t do much to keep the heat out.
But now is the time for barbecues, sitting outside at night with friends and a bottle of wine… I really look forward to the next two to three months!
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!