Say no to drugs

See, this is the stuff they don’t tell you in flight school! Aviation isn’t just about flying, being in the air, and telling colorful stories about the wild blue yonder.
As it turns out, it also involves a lot of training, updating numerous records, seemingly endless online classes about all sorts of things, certificate upkeep and renewals, and too much paperwork that looks like it isn’t even remotely related to flying. It really surprised me at first going through flight training. I am not sure why anymore, but I must have had this very romantic idea about what flying was all about. Nowadays, I have made my peace with it, for the most part, and just run through the motions every year. And every year they seem to come up with additional classes to make us all safer.

My least favorite parts of my job are the annual hazmat training and the online classes for drug and alcohol supervisors that are somehow required for heavy helicopter captains by somebody, or so they tell me. A close second is the annual Grand Canyon waiver renewal for flying in their SFRA but that one at least has something to do with flying. There is a long list of these for me personally but with some, like the CFII renewal, I almost understand the point … almost. 😉

The people who produce these classes also caught on to guys like Chuck and I, and started making them so you can’t just click through the tutorials anymore and then take the test at the end. They now make you sit through the whole video before you can move on. Watching some of these videos I end up just like Chuck on the first panel. Or, my mind starts wondering which, coincidentally, is the reason why we have today’s comic.

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!

Out Of Gas Screenshot

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.

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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! 😉

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!