It is funny how you sometimes fail to see the simplest solution. I have done something similar before. We landed a helicopter in Reno with some special equipment on it that kept it from being moved with a tug. Not wanting to remove and re-install it, we opted for tying down the aircraft really well (at below freezing temperatures, btw) which took a while. Then we had to take them all off again the next morning. Everything was frozen. We had to rent a “Herman Nelson” heater to heat up the gearboxes, and so forth… It ended up taking us way more time than simply taking the equipment off and putting the aircraft in a hangar.
It really wasn’t funny at the time but it eventually worked its way into a Chicken Wings strip. Sometimes it takes me a few days (sometimes weeks) to see the humor in what is currently happening to me. But when I do, it usually works out for Chuck and the gang 😉
‘Twas pretty windy here too recently. Although , fortunately, I don’t own an APU that could be blocking my door! On the other hand, I know exactly how Julio feels about the wind blowing all his paperwork away. My drawing table is located right next to the window, which I sometimes, foolishly, leave open unattended. A while later, when I return to my office, am impressed of myself by how clean I keep my desk … before I look on the floor. Fortunately I never lost anything important that way, although I assume it is only a matter of time.
During AirVenture 2012 we were up on the balcony to give an interview for EAA radio when this massive storm suddenly came rolling through. Everybody got wet, the airshow got cancelled. Umbrellas, tents, little kids, and a cat or two were flying through the air, but no planes… except for the few ultralights that flipped on their backs unfortunately.
The interview was suspended which initially was disappointing but nobody was listening to our jokes anyways during the storm. Vendors were running after their tables and precious beer was spilled.
Taking shelter high up in the EAA radio building we got to see the whole action created by the weather event and as a result this strip was invented. A day or two later we got to come up on the balcony again during much better weather to finish the interview and had a blast.
I don’t know why this is, but there are quite a few designs out there in this world, of cars, planes, buildings, or objects of any kind really, that look much better in real life than as a line drawing or draft. To me, the Tornado definitely falls into that category.
We have a winner for our photo contest!
Man! This was a tough contest to judge. All weekend we’ve already been racking our brains because there were so many good and funny pics. And then the late entries made it even tougher!
But there can only be one winner for this contest so we chose the photo we thought was fun, exciting, creative, crazy, and cool all in one. It’s the photo posted by CharlieAT. So, congratulations CharlieAt, you won a Silver Chicken!
Actually we liked all his photos so it was even hard to choose from within them. HOWEVER! This doesn’t mean the other weren’t great. Like I said, there were so many awesome ones that deciding this truly gave us a headache! Thank you all for participating and showing off all these great shots. I hope you guys enjoyed seeing all the entries as much as we did.
And we will have another contest very soon so don’t give up if you didn’t win this time.
This is the follow up strip to the one we posted last Saturday. But I’m afraid we might have to end the story line here and not show you how Chuck actually flies. After all, we don’t want to upset your fragile and delicate minds!
Well, technically, once you’re inside, the nose of the helicopter should point in approximately the same direction as your nose. Unless you’re flying sling loads like my brother sometimes does. I wonder, if you’re flying buckets or other stuff on the long line all day, does the company provide you with a massage therapist?
I really like the second panel on this one, especially the cat flying through the air! Standing by for fires in Nevada you can sit there on a calm day and a dust devil or wind gust come through out of nowhere. No flying cats though, that was a choice made by the artist for effect 😉
Also note that this one of the very few times you ever see Julio without his signature ball cap.