Pretty standard flight

I remember sitting at our table at AERO Friedrichshafen drawing that strip. Man … That was a while ago. In the olden times, when there were conventions.

Whenever I go to a convention of some sort, I always bring some ideas in need of drawing. (Only as an exhibitor, of course.) Because people tend to arrive in batches. It’s always ten people at the same time. And then suddenly they’re gone and you sit alone, staring into nothingness, or worse, try to chat up people who you find out don’t want to be bothered. So I draw comic strips. It has two advantages: I fill up the empty time with a productive activity, and people can see what it is I’m doing. If they’re interested, they can watch or approach at their own leisure and talk to me.

It’s not that I go to that many conventions though. I’ve been to a handful of ComicCons and air shows. Hands down the best event is AERO. There’s just so many people there, that it’s never a bore. We sure are looking forward to the next one and keep our fingers crossed that circumstances permit one in 2022!

What are you looking forward to? Any of you out there already out and about again? I guess in Australia and parts of Asia, things are rather normal. Here in Austria, we’re just slowly opening up again.


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5 comments on “Pretty standard flight
  1. Harro Nehlsen says:

    Good one! May be Chuck hast some bright moments after all.
    I had a similiar gag with the people at the place I charter my aircraft. When give back the papers of the aircraft I flew with, I say “… the aircraft, or what is left of it …” The first few times they where really getting nervous, trying to see where I put the thing. But that wears off, now they just smile. But somtimes I think they are not sure wether I am joking or not.
    Greetings from Germany!

  2. Fbs says:

    Well , pretty standard in our flight school are the tail strikes due to retarding throttle at 50 feet as if they were flying a 747, bad spots on tires because they can’t put their feet where they should, broken commands, especially the PTT switch (they must be very stressed to talk to ATC), damaged seat belts as they don’t buckle them on the seat and instead close the door on them, but the weirdest one is the dissapearance of the whole glove box assembly of one of our C172. And nobody reported that there was a big hole in the panel until I figured it out at the next 50h

    Unfortunately all chucks out there don’t wear sunglasses or something to recognize them easily

  3. Bernd says:

    Yes, Aero 2022 will be a thing, hopefully. I was there in 2017 and met you and got a signed and dedicated book for our Quality&Safety team 🙂

    It was awesome to watch you bring Chuck alive with a few strokes of the pen. I sure hope to be able to fly to EDNY again.

    Since our club’s touring plane is also the glider tug, I’ll have to reserve it early and have it approved by the sports committee, if I want to rent it for more than a few hours, but that’s not normally a problem.

  4. Joshua says:

    I have to send this to our maintenance guys. I’m one of the few pilots who actually notices things on preflight and writes them up so a huge percentage of the squawks are mine.I’m always catching heck for breaking the airplanes.

  5. We’ve had a couple of airshows this year down here in Australia. I even got to do commentary at one of them 🙂

    The Wings Over Illawarra airshow is scheduled for November and the Avalon Airshow (held every two years) is in December. Avalon’s going to be a big one as this year is the RAAF’s centenary and they’re going to have a lot of hardware on display.

    All this is COVID willing, of course. Our vaccination program is running behind and we’ve had a couple of Delta variant break-outs in the past month.

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