After the checkride

When I first started flying Skycranes, our training captains all needed to fill out a little report card on “the new kids” after each shift so the office could see how we were are doing in the field. I really didn’t know anybody at the company yet and how exactly it would be to work there. So here I am at my new job, flying with a new training captain who I just met, getting my first “report card” filled out. At the time I didn’t know that he was a really nice guy, great pilot, yet with a very twisted sense of humor. I was sitting next to him as he is writing away on his paperwork looking very concentrated and focused. Suddenly he looks up and with a serious and straight face looked me in the eye asking, “hey is ‘f**ed up’ one word or is it hyphenated?”. My heart dropped. I just started I couldn’t tell if he was serious or not. Turned out he was just joking and I did pretty good on my first shift, but he really had me there for a few moments. And of course everything that happens to me, somehow also seems to happen to Chuck, HAHA. We just had to change the words around a little since we try to stay away from the typical utility pilot language in our strip.


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2 comments on “After the checkride
  1. Magnus Danielson says:

    On that note, Chuck doesn’t trash planes as much as he used to. Julio doesn’t hate him for it, he just doesn’t like when Chuck borrow his tools. If I wouldn’t know better, I would say Chuck have become a better pilot.

  2. Jan Olieslagers says:

    I am not so sure, Magnus. Like as not, we are supposed to know by what kind of a pilot Chuck, is and no further illustrations of his (lack of) skills is deemed necessary. Cartoon characters never change, remember? They don’t even age like mere mortals.

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