Chicken Wings Classic – Squawk 0173

Here’s another old strip that takes us back to the year 2005. Or 2004? I don’t know exactly. My memory becomes very hazy for everything that happened before breakfast, and I’m not sure if I can trust the dates the files were created. I think I re-scanned and lettered some of the older strips as the whole Chicken Wings project progressed. And of course I colored them even later than that. What I do remember is how difficult it was back then to get started with color. I drew the strips with normal black ink pens, and still do. At first I tried to color them with Copic markers. Although it did look pretty cool, I had a hard time scanning the images without losing half the shades etc. So I decided to color with Photoshop, which I still do. But man, was that a learning curve! Now I’ve got it down and am quite fast. It’s funny how 98% of all the skills I use for work are self taught. Sometimes I wonder why I even went to school and college, haha! But I guess I’m not alone with that feeling …

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7 comments on “Chicken Wings Classic – Squawk 0173
  1. joshua says:

    I tend to think many pilots must be self taught when it comes to the squawk.

    But then, has a controller yet asked Chuck to squawk alt when he is level at 7500 ft? That would be fun!

  2. Delta-v says:

    As someone who is on the milder end of the Dyslexia Spectrum–enough to have an occasional problem with ordering digits in a number, I feel his pain. ^^

    I’e learned to check and double-check any multi-digit number. 🙂

  3. Bernd says:

    Most Germans can probably feel the problem, because in German, the tens and the single digits in numbers are pronounced in the wrong order (“zweiundvierzig”, literally “two-and-forty”). Somehow it is also “tradition” to say phone numbers as a series of two-digit numbers and I have trouble writing them down correctly.
    Only French is conceivably worse, where “four-twenty-eighteen” (“quatre-vingt-dix-huit”) is the standard way to say 98. It’s a good thing that in radio-telephony digits are spoken individually (with few exceptions).

  4. @Bernd says:

    I believe French example is slightly worse than that – it is actually “four-twenty-den-eight” 🙂 probably why French are good at math (or used to be).

  5. Fbs says:

    Sorry bernt, in french radiotelephony, runways and frequencies are not spoken in individual digits

    So go with trifouilly-les-oies tower on 127.785mhz

    And remember not to go in base leg if you are cleared for « une approche directe », as the ATC means a straight-in one in that case

  6. Quill says:

    When it comes to Chuck’s transponder code (soon to not be a thing with ADS-B, come to think of it) I visualize the radar screen, while others are little green marks with squaks next to them, the local controllers have probably programmed it to display this particular aircraft large and yellow with CHUCK!!! DANGER!!! marked on it so that they can know to vector all other traffic away.

  7. Fbs says:

    Nope – mode S (already there) and ADS-B will not be the end of sqawk codes. They are used by the controllers to identify what you are doing, and in crowded airspaces who are you currently in contact with

    For instance at lfpn, you get 37xx when outbound, 70xx in go arounds and 42xx when inbound, so controllers of zones around know you’re in contact with them (tower and approach), or with someone else (IFR inbound at lfpn will be with lfpo approach until established on the glide)

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