First off: We’re going to AERO next week!! We’ll be in Foyer Ost, as usual, bringing along something extra special: Our first animated short film! We’ll be getting it ready just in time. So, if you’re going, be sure to stop by our table and say hi!
Okay, on to today’s strip … so who all in the coop here admits to having been lost in the air at one time or another?
It’s a quite unsettling feeling actually. I have never been so lost that I needed help but I have … let’s say … been “temporarily unsure of my location” before. Of course since the rise of smart phone technology and navigation apps, there should be less and less of an excuse for being lost I think. Back in the days of paper maps, the chances of you following the wrong river or highway were a lot higher.
When I was a young lad learning how to fly helicopters in California pre GPS, one of the toughest things for me was getting used to navigating around Los Angeles. I’d write down all the freeway numbers, plan out my flights, pre-fold the map so I don’t struggle in the air, etc. I thought I was prepared. Then, when I called the tower, he’d say “just follow the Santa Ana Freeway!”. Great, was that the 5, or the 101, or the 405, or all three? And if you get them wrong you end up in the wrong airspace which there is plenty of in LA. I muddled and faked my way through and made it home safe and sound.
On the next flight, I thought I prepare myself even better and this time I wrote down the name of the freeways. There was the Ventura Freeway, then the Hollywood Freeway, the Harbor Freeway, and so forth. Well, wouldn’t you know it? The next tower instructed me to “follow the 110 southbound at 800 feet or below”. There was no winning until you knew not only the number but also the name of each freeway. Nowadays you just zoom in or switch to the street map on your iPad. But because I had to learn all this the old fashion way, I remember most of it to this day even though I haven’t flown in LA for almost a decade now.
Chuck, for some reason, still manages to get himself lost even though he has a lot of technology available to him. It could be that he doesn’t know to work it properly, or is overloaded with too much technology since he’s a geek that way, we might never know. Or it could be simply to provide us with more material. Like I said, it might remain forever a mystery …