Blinker fluid

We’ve all heard at least of one of these items. Rotor-Wash, Blinker Fluid, Muffler Bearings …

The names and places of this practical joke story getting way out of hand will be altered to protect the innocent.

This one time, while working as mechanic at a Cessna dealership, we had a new helper for the parts department. In only a few hours he already turned out to be one of those annoying types who never shut up, don’t listen, and seemingly know everything (in their own minds anyway). After about three days, our parts manager, a really funny guy and a practical joker, had enough. He sent the kid over to Dundat & Bind Air for some “Prop Wash” to get rid of him for a few minutes and also to test him if he was as smart as he was telling everyone. He told the kid we were out and to see if they had some we could borrow. The kid headed out with the golf cart across the field to seek help from the other FBO. We now had proof the kid was NOT as smart as he thought, as we had all suspected.

With him gone, we all got busy working again. An hour went by, then two. The kid was gone for a long time. In fact, so long we completely forgot about him. Routine returned to the shop and everyone went back to business as usual. It wasn’t until a couple of hours later at lunch time when he finally surfaced again. “Where were you all morning?” our director of maintenance asked him as we’re all sitting around the lunch table. “There is NO propwash on the entire field! I tried everybody.” He blurted out, obviously stressed and then proceeded to tell us the story of his morning adventure. Apparently, he had been given the run-around by every FBO and was not able to come up with the product in question.

What we didn’t know was that instead of laughing at the kid, the guys at Dundat & Bind Air didn’t have the heart to tell him he’s been had, so they told him they were out as well and to try Roost-Air instead.
The highly motivated kid wasn’t about to give up and return empty handed so he headed over to Roost-Air. The guys at Roost-Air, always the practical jokers as we all know, took it a step further even unbeknownst to us. They pretended to look in their parts department, then came back and told him they still had plenty of Rotor Wash, but unfortunately no Prop Wash. They proceeded to send him on to Bumm Air. While on the way to Bumm Air, the Roost-Air guys called ahead and clued them in on the joke that had originated with us. It didn’t take too long until everyone was in on the joke. The airport had 4 FBO’s and 2 maintenance shops at the time, and nobody had told the kid the truth. Everybody wanted in and leave it up to us to break the news for him. They all immediately worked together. It was epic! You can’t make this up. It took some phone calling afterwards to all the parts departments to put the story together in its entirety and our parts manager thanked everyone for keeping the kid off his back all morning.

The result was, he was humbled, and it did make him tread a little more lightly in the following days. However, he didn’t last in the aviation business because of more personality issues and I venture to say we all might be better off without him …

Chicken Wings Video up on YouTube!

It is done! After some feedback from our Patrons and people at last week’s AERO, we made a few little tweaks and finally uploaded the final product on Youtube for all the world to see!

Many people said that the radio transmissions were too hard to understand, especially for non-native speakers. So we reduced the distortion effect and added subtitles.

Out Of Gas Title

We hope you like it and are looking forward to your feedback! This is just the beginning of many animated adventures to come! You can help us by:

  • Liking the video on Youtube
  • Sharing it with your friends
  • Subscribing to our Youtube channel

And last but not least:

We’re grateful for any and all support you can give us! Word of mouth is powerful and every little bit helps!

We’re already working on the next film, but it will take a little while, because, as we already mentioned a hundred times, these things are an enormous amount of work. But as were climbing up the learning curve and with your growing support, we’re optimistic to gradually increase our output over time!

Enjoy the show and stay tuned for more!

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Patreon Page Launched – Animation Underway!

Yes, we have threatened you with this before. But this time we mean it. We are getting closer and closer to making Chuck walk, talk, and most importantly, FLY! As we are moving forward with the animation project, we will also make some changes to the website.

Today we have added a funding section hosted by “Patreon” to our site in case you are wondering what the new buttons underneath the weekly comic mean. Within you will find exciting new content and will be able to keep up with our progress in regards to our ambitious animation projects. You will also have the option of supporting us by making small (or big) monthly donations. In order to talk you into supporting us we will have lots of goodies and extras for you in the next coming months.

We Want You!This is strictly on a volunteer basis and you can cancel at any time. Also, what is really important for us to mention is that none of the free content on our website will change. If you like to keep browsing the site and our comics as usual you will always be able to do so and we will not hold it against you. We value all of you joining us here in the coop!

Why are we going the Patreon route?

We have two main reasons. We are serious about making videos and it is a lot of work. We want to keep our animated shorts and the website free from advertising. We really hate ads, especially in the middle of a short video. And as you might have noticed, we got rid of a bunch of ads on the new website as well. The second reason is that the more we can fund Stefan, the easier it will be for us to yank him away from other day job projects which in turn will get us more animation and faster. To accomplish this, we seek your support. We think together we can make this thing grow and have you, our fans, help not only get this thing off the ground (yes, pun intended) but help us steer it into the direction we all want to see this go.

If you want to chip in, follow this link here:

Support us on Patreon

AND HEY! To kick this off properly “Chicken Wings Style”, the first 20 coop animation supporters will receive a free “Roost Air” t-shirt when they sign up, no matter which tier you decide on!

Here’s a sneak peek from the storyboard of our first animation.

Black Friday Super Sale Week

25% Discount on your entire order!

Attention fellow chickens!

We’re having our annual “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Sale starting Thanksgiving until the end of November. All the cool kids are doing it so Chuck and Julio don’t want to be left behind.

Apply Promo Code “BF2018” at checkout and SAVE!

To save on shipping costs, please remember we have two shops: The American Continent and most parts of the rest of the world are served now by our new affiliate AVIATORwebsite which has a huge variety of aviation gifts and patches, while Europe runs through Chicken Wings Europe.

Shop Away!

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2018

Hint: You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, we’ve already activated the promo code! 😉

New Website!

I did it!! Yay!! I pulled the trigger, took the leap and after years of procrastination, finally revamped our website!

While on the front end it probably just looked antiquated, the back end of the site was an outdated and botched mess. Those behind-the-scenes changes should make the website faster and more reliable.

The biggest change you should be able to notice is that the comics are now bigger and the website is responsive, so it should scale down nicely on mobile devices.

I haven’t gotten every detail right yet. The main function (the comics) should work okay, but the whole thing is still a work in progress.

A few functions that we had on our old site will no longer be available, or maybe restored at a later point. E.g. our email feed had a reach in the single digits. The „link list“ was something straight out of the 90s and the advertisements were just a distraction with no significant revenue. Another prime objective was to de-clutter the site, so don’t expect as many buttons and gimmicks as on the older version.

I hope you enjoy the new look! Please be kind and overlook some of the glitches! I appreciate bug reports though!