The radio isn’t working

For all our readers that aren’t that well versed in the world of aviation and the related lingo, here’s a quick explanation about transponders:

A transponder is an electronic device that responds with a four digit number to a request by radio. The radar system of the air traffic controller sends out a signal, and the responder answers with the number that it is set on, e.g. “1234”. This helps the air traffic controller (ATC) identify aircraft on their screen. The act of setting a number is called “squawking”. So when the ATC says “Cessna 3BT, squawk 4711”, Chuck must set his responder to that number.

Now there are special numbers or codes that you only squawk when you’re in distress, like “7700” when you have an emergency, “7500” when your aircraft is being hijacked, or as in the case of this strip, “7600” when you have a radio failure. Of course, you should only squawk 7600 when you have an actual radio failure, not when you just forgot to turn it on, like Chuck. Or when you’re still sitting on the ground, like Chuck.

I’m sure there are many other transponder codes that I, as a layman, know nothing about. But I wonder if 0666 is actually being used … maybe on Halloween?

If you’re confused about the fact that Chuck is calling Julio “Kazansky”, you might be very young and haven’t seen Top Gun yet. If that’s the case, have a stern talk with your parents in how they failed in providing you basic cultural education! I can’t believe that that movie is already 35 years old, by the way. Which may explain why I’m rambling on here like an old man! It’s because I already am an old man! Now get off my lawn!

Stef

Our latest animated short is now out on YouTube! Please, watch, like, share and comment. We want to see what you guys think.

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Fellow chickens in the coop rejoice!

Come this November the chickens at Roost Air will be celebrating 20 years in business!

To celebrate this special occasion, we have planned a few events and gimmicks for this year. Starting with … two awesome patches! Behold:

Chicken Wings 20th Anniversary PVC Patches

Europeans can get them here: Chicken Wings Shop

Americans can get them here: AVIATORwebsite (also best for orders from the rest of the world).

They will be a limited edition patch since they make less sense come next year.

These patches are only the beginning. For our 10 year anniversary we turned a “Silver Eagle” into a “Silver Chicken”. This time we thought we’d carry on with the tradition of turning “all things eagle” into chickens and convert the classic “Eagle Driver” patch many Air Forces are using into a “Chicken Driver” patch.

Who knew chickens get this old? Not in our wildest dreams would we have thought way back when in 2001 that we’d still be doing this today. Typically, wine fueled ideas around midnight don’t end up being a 20 year long passion and commitment, unless of course, you end up pregnant, LOL. We thought we would be out of ideas at some point. At some point very soon actually, since at the time we only came up with roughly 12 strips. But thanks to you all and the very unique field of aviation, Roost Air is still soldiering on.

Thanks to our Patrons

Those of you, who have been supporting us on Patreon, will automatically receive a FREE Anniversary Patch Set in the next couple of weeks. We truly thank you for your support!

Please make sure we have your address. Write us to info@chickenwingscomics.com or add it to your Patreon Profile.

Those among you who have not signed up for Patreon yet, please consider joining! Go HERE to sign in (any level will do) and receive the 20 Year Patch Set as sign-on bonus. With the support of our Patrons, we fund our animation project. We’ve got a couple of videos in the pipeline and a little birdie told me there will be a new one out VERY SOON!

As always, we’re very much looking forward to your comments, thoughts, and ideas.

Mike

Check it out! We’ve just published a new short animated clip:

We’ve been trying out some new scenes and backgrounds. Also, we have changed the voice for Julio. It’s a long story, but due to logistical reasons we unfortunately had to replace our good friend Marcos. So we did a search and a casting, and in a survey, our Patrons voted for Mark, who you can hear in his “debut performance” here. We’re very happy with the result! Hope you like it too!


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Animation is a ton of work. If you want to see more stuff like this, please consider supporting us with a monthly donation via Patreon:

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