Meeting an Air Traffic Controller
I imagine if you combined the movies “Top Gun” with the movie “Pushing Tin” you’d get something similar to today’s comic. It’s pilots versus controllers and I can see how controllers aren’t big fans of pilots not following the rules. In reality we all know that we need each other but sometimes these relationships can get a little strained when everyone looks at things, quite literally, from a different perspective.
I was a huge fan of Top Gun when it first came out and can’t wait for the sequel, but after now having worked in aviation my whole adult life, it has become obvious to me that “Maverick” basically is the embodiment of pretty much every “hazardous attitude” in aviation. We all have learned about “Macho (I can do it)” or “Anti-authority (Don’t tell me)” and that sort of thing in flight school. The iconic fly-by in the movie will pretty much get you fired in real life. I bet there were quite a few disappointed navy pilot recruits out there in the 80’s after they found out real navy flying doesn’t quite match the movie.
I am actually not quite sure where I was going with this. I think it was the thought that Chuck is probably a “Maverick” in his own mind, but in reality, mostly just angering air traffic controllers with his antics. From what he has put them through over the last 15+ years, it is no wonder they want to kick his butt after a few drinks …