We recently stumbled over the Portugal Skyuber story through reddit and thought it was interesting. Personally I have no idea how that would work in the States, or in any other country for that matter. I think you would need at least a commercial rating and then I’m not sure if I would get into a small plane with just anybody. The longer I fly, the more careful I get. What do you guys think?
The regular Uber on the other hand is an awesome idea! They finally made it into Vegas which makes me really happy, since the cabs here were more or less a Mafia-esque monopoly-style operation doing whatever they wanted to do. There were even times when I couldn’t get to the airport (Yes, “ABC Union Cab Company of Las Vegas”, I’m calling you out specifically) because the driver decided to “not accept” the fare since it wasn’t worth his time. Apparently I live too close to the airport. Yet nobody told me of this decision until after I called in for the 3rd time wondering where my cab was. Then there was no excuse or apology.
Another time I had a guy tell me to “get the f… out of my cab” as we arrived at my house because once again the trip wasn’t long enough and the fare not enough for him. Of course this (Union Cab, again) driver waited for me to pay him first before becoming all angry. I could go on but I won’t…
There will be no love lost on my part if all of these guys go broke thanks to Uber. And you can tell that they have already started to pick up their game slightly right when the news broke about Uber.
Back to flying! You think a Skyuber is a good idea, or even possible?
Halloween costumes are getting more and more amazing. The effort some people seem to be putting into trying to look like a corpse is baffling to me. Some people, of course, need more effort than others to begin with. Personally, I think I wouldn’t need a costume this year to look like a Zombie, because I’m just living through the most sleep-deprived stage of my life right now. As some of you may have heard, I’ve become a father for the second time, a few weeks ago. And it’s amazing at how being drained and exhausted, while at the same time being happy can be taken to an even higher level than with one kid.
Well, anyway, we wish all of you zombies, corpses, witches, ghosts and monsters out there, real or not, a very happy Halloween!
Whoever runs their own business or works in the service industry knows that there is nothing more annoying than customers. I kid, of course! Most of them are nice, actually. But even the nice ones have a habit of calling or disturbing you when you’re right in the middle of something. Just like in this case, when the whole crew is busy thoroughly testing the new lounge, a very demanding task, not to be treated lightly!
Not to take anything away from the trusted good old Cessna 172, but I suspect what Hans really needs is a bigger and faster airplane to keep up with the competition. Maybe a King Air or a Pilatus. But then, who would fly it? Chuck? Maybe he needs a more competent, yet equally enthusiastic pilot? And the next question is, how much of a plane does a bunch of chickens really need?
Also, one needs to keep in mind that almost all of my expertise comes from an aviation background and less from a Particle Physics background. Maybe a boson, Higgs or otherwise, really IS the answer to Hans’s problem. I really wouldn’t know, but I doubt the Higgs Boson is FAA/PMA certified already …
I wonder if there ever was one distinct guy in the history of mankind, who was the first to come up with the concept of following the rules by their letter and not in the spirit of their intended purpose. If so, that person probably was the first lawyer. In any case, we would have to thank him for indirectly being responsible for all our laws being about twenty times as extensive as we’d really need!
Watching TV I always notice that every cool crime show, action movie, or military show involving any sort of elite government agency or special forces team has to have one of these glass boards. I’m sure they’re great for filming because you can show the guy drawing on the board way better than on a classic white board where you would have to film the back of the actor with him/her blocking half the board. I thought to myself “I bet this is something Chuck likes, since he is into all kinds of action movies especially if there is a chance they might have a plane or helicopter in it!” (and let’s face it, for a movie to be called “action movie” it has to have at least one helicopter scene).
We didn’t really know what these boards are even called and after a few google attempts found the name to be “mobile clear glass white-board” which I personally think is already funny in itself (what, no shorter descriptions?). So now that it’s here at Roost-Air and Chuck is way excited about it, possibly having bought it with his own money, it’s here to stay …
Well, I posted last Tuesday’s strip on reddit, and was consequently schooled that we probably meant “biennial” instead of “bi-annual” and that we’ve got it mixed up. Well, to our defense, we’re both not English native speakers. But, I got curious in the subject and looked it up in the dictionary. It turns out that it’s a rather confusing subject, because both definitions (twice a year and every two years) show up. The same goes for bi-weekly and bi-monthly.
Ah, English. Such a tricky language! One of my favorite oddity is “flammable” vs. “inflammable”, which, apparently, both mean the same thing. Do any of you know other funny glitches in the matrix of English?
Man, is it hot again today! We really have a serious heat wave going on here in central Europe. I’m not (really) complaining, I absolutely prefer heat to coldness. It’s just that sometimes, when it’s too hot, my brain slows down. So, as it’s currently 36°C (97°F) in my office, I can’t be bothered with coming up with a blog right now, I hope you understand! Fortunately, I can’t be swapped out with the comic artist next door!
Oh boy. If I had a nickel for every time this happened in my career as pilot so far. The always welcomed last minute charter when you already have plans and the small operator who doesn’t have anybody else to do it. I can really feel for Chuck on this one and so can a few ex-girlfriends of mine I am sure. Lets see how this shakes out. This story may or may not be based on a true story again.
What do you guys think?
And you know what I just realized while I am writing this? Considering my salary as up and coming charter pilot back then and the California tax laws, I probably did get an actual whole nickel in over-time bottom line every time this happened 😉
Happy Easter, everyone! Hope you can enjoy the holidays either with your family, or kicking back and relaxing, whatever you prefer! May the Easter Bunny be generous and the eggs and chocolate plentiful!