Well, as the saying goes, any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. To have a constant sense of success and achievement, the trick is to set the bar low enough. As a natural born perfectionist, I struggle with this idea every day, but I’m getting better at it. Getting a house was probably the best therapy in that regard, because whatever I do, nothing ever turns out perfect. But a lack of time and money helps me to embrace the concept of “it’ll do” or “good enough for now”.
We sent this strip to some magazines, but were debating if we should use it on our website, because it’s one of those with pilot gobbledygook that may not be easily understandable for pedestrians. But then we thought, why not! So, if you have no idea what the guy in the tower is saying in the last panel, here’s the explanation:
“ELT” is short for “Emergency Locator Transmitter“, which is a distress radio beacon that activates automatically in case of a crash. It sometimes is set off when a landing is too rough. “CAP” is short for “Civil Air Patrol“, which is the civil auxiliary organization of the US Air Force which engages in Search and Rescue missions (among many other things).
Decisions, decisions. I might react similar to Chuck here, because as a libra, I tend to be indecisive. Fortunately my ascendant sign is sagittarius, which means I don’t believe in astrology!
I can tell Julio is joking here. And not just because I’m the one who drew him, but because an event registering a 9 on the Richter scale would mean an energy of approximately 2 Exajoule (2.000.000.000.000.000 Joule) would have been released. Even fully loaded and with an engine conversion, the Cessna 172 would have a hard time achieving that.
And that, children, is how you spoil a joke by overanalyzing!
Chuck and Julio are going to Oshkosh for the first time in their life! Well, Oshkosh, Nebraska…
Hopefully they’ll make it in time for Oshkosh, Wisconsin and AirVenture 2012. Find out on Thursday!
Also, Mike and Stefan will be going to Oshkosh together for the first time in their life! Our official book signing dates and times through EAA’s “Author’s Corner” are on Thursday the 26th from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and on Friday the 27th from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.
Of course we’ll try to also hang out on Wednesday and Saturday as well to meet you guys. We will give you those specific times via tweet and/or facebook. But if you want a guaranteed meeting with us please stick to the dates above. We are really excited to meet as many of you as we can!
Can’t really think of anything funny to write today. Well, that’s what we have the comments for underneath here. Seems you will have to help us out!
Thank you all for sticking with us through 2011! We had our ups and downs, but it was a pretty good year after all. We wish you guys all a fantastic New Years Eve and a good start into 2012! May all your wishes come true for you!
By the way, Mike and I have decided to finally publish our fourth book in 2012! So that’s at least one small thing you can look forward to!
This one goes out to all the flight students out there! We know that we have quite a few among our fans. We sincerely hope that you’re not cursed with a flight instructor like Chuck though! But if you are, send us your stories!
Mike’s out travelling, so I’ll have to write the blog to this strip, which is a bit of a shame, because Mike could tell you a story or two about landing a helicopter in unusual places. Well, if you have enough time on your hands, you can read through “The adventures of Panaca Jane” in our forum! And maybe some of you have a story or two you can share in the comments our the forum.
Last Sunday, I just came back from a short trip to Tokyo. The friendly folks from Austrian Airlines took me with them as part of a payment for a cartoon I did for them. It was great! I was allowed to sit in the cockpit (of a Boeing 777) for the whole trip, and I think I behaved a little bit like Jason, because I was firing away one question after the other. I guess I just need two more flights like that and I’d get the rating for a 777! 😉
I want to say thank you again to the whole crew, the pilots, the lovely flight attendants and the chef for taking such good care of me! I really had a blast!!
The landing in Tokyo was very exciting, because there just was heavy rain and strong wind shears going on. The airplane before us and after us had to go around, but somehow our crew managed to put the plane down amazingly softly, considering the circumstances.
Well, I’m sure, unlike Chuck, they have calculated their approach, and are also maybe a bit more proficient…