This strip was another one of those ideas we have been tossing around for a few years. Stef didn’t think it was funny enough. But having been a pilot and an A&P mechanic my whole adult life, I am a little on the OCD spectrum. I don’t think that is a bad quality for an aircraft mechanic actually. And helicopter people are often into thinking about and/or calculating worst case scenarios rather than always being happy-go-lucky all the time because helicopters break a lot. This as well isn’t too bad of an affliction to have in this particular industry, I feel.
Therefore I am sensitive to things just being or feeling “off”. That sense, often on preflight or even in the air, has helped me in my career in the past. Last year, for example, I had the helicopter pointed towards the barn before the warning light came on because something didn’t feel and sound right which was later confirmed by numerous hydraulic warning lights when I was just about to turn final. So, I insisted on drawing the comic and I hope you guys understand what’s going on here and think it is as funny as I did.
The next problem (well “problem” is a strong word – “first world problem” rather) we faced was that there are just so many lines Julio could say in the last panel. We did put them up for vote within the Patreon Group and settled on this one, but maybe you guys can think of even better ones. Let’s see them 😉