Flying and working on the Coast of Southern California we used to joke about how easy navigating was around here. Mountains to the right and water to the left, you’re going north. Water to the right and mountains to the left and you’re going south.
Yet some of our students still managed to get themselves lost on their solo cross country. The incident that took the most “un-doing” was when a student landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base instead of Santa Maria. How she did that we will never know since one is right off the beach with a single space shuttle sized runway, while the other is further inland with intersecting, comparatively small, runways. She had to spend the night there of course and the plane was pretty much taken apart but after a bunch of bitter tears they let her go eventually.
So naturally the next step for us with this simple coastal navigation technique was to have Chuck take it to the next level and actually apply it while circling one of California’s bigger islands off the coast. Although for me personally, my favorite joke in this strip is Chuck conserving electricity by shutting the GPS off in flight to help out the planet…
OH! And have we mentioned this already? The new book is now available here!!!
We thought it is time for a new classic. Many jokes have been made in aviation about the “last known position”. This one is our version from back when Chuck first burst on the flying scene. It’s hard to believe he is still going strong and moving forward with his aviation adventures. It’s even harder to believe that he still has a job, but I guess one needs to take into account that Chuck usually means well. We can’t stay mad at him for too long and even Julio seems to forgive most of Chucks missteps, HAHA.
By the way, who of you were around back in the old Black-and-white Chicken Wings days? I think we went online in 2004-ish …
It is funny that most of my aviation friends, especially the guys, orient themselves with cardinal headings while most girls I know go more by landmarks. For me personally, it is really tough getting around on the ground in an inner city, especially at night and/or when I mix in a subway ride or two, because I lose my orientation quite easily. The moving map GPS for the car was probably one of the most important inventions for pilots in our century. 😉
I also had a friend who I used to fly with who loved to use aviation speak in his sentences wherever and whenever he could. He was also a movie pilot so it was actually a combination of the two. It drove me nuts at the time especially when he was trying to explain things to non-aviators, but now that he is gone I actually miss it sometimes.
So I guess this would be another strip inspired by real life. 😉
This strip is another one of those “not invented” stories. It is actually an old story that we heard quite often from our dad. When he and a good friend of his were driving through the desert of South Africa, they came to an intersection and had to make a quick decision… and this exchange happened almost verbatim.
It is not known if there was a slap in the face too. We assume not, but added that for comedic effect.
It is true though that sometimes it is more important to make a decision quickly than to be 100% right…