Cashing in on My Good Name?

August 9, 2011

Blog Guy, I know you’re busy designing the next generation Basler BT-70 aircraft, but I may want to buy a plane before you have a chance to test your new model.

Test it? What do you mean by that?

Never mind. Anyway, the current Basler BT-67 seems very cool and just what I need, but I saw the list of options and I have a few questions.

Sure. Did you see the options on our cocktail napkins, or did you see the place mat?

It was a glossy place mat, similar to the kind Boeing uses to show off their options.

Anyway, I notice on the wings and the tail it says “metal control surfaces.” What would be my other alternative, besides the metal?

A cheaper cardboard version. That should be fine, unless you plan to fly outdoors a lot.

Er, okay. The place mat shows some “side-facing” seats with their back to the windows.

Sometimes on my planes it’s best not to be looking out, if you catch my drift.

It appears there are two lavatory options?

Yes. Be a sport and go for the indoor one.

One more thing. It says here, “Cargo Winch.”

That’s a typo. It should be “Cargo Wench.” That would be Hulga. Don’t make eye contact with her.

See here, Blog Guy, do you have ANY actual connection to those real Basler Airlines people?

Well, not really, but I’ve got the name and I’m eager. I’m sure the Home Office in Oshkosh will be calling any day now. I need to go catch some fish so I’ll be ready.

Fish? I don’t understand.

Sure! For the Basler Turbot Conversions!

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nice place, BG. Office to the right, bar to the left?

:P Fly high…join the OE Blog Network! :P

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Did CAM get anything in return?
Maybe a Williams- Sonoma voucher?
Or a ticket on the next Basler expedition?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

That’s a fair question, Shra. Let’s just say that on their next visit to Krasnoyarsk, Cam and his sister will be treated like VIPs.

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/ta g/krasnoyarsk/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Thanks, BG. You (and doughnuts) make me smile. Can I place my order now for a BT-70? Will it make it all the way to Krasnoyarsk? Will I ever want to leave? ;-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Thanks, Cam. You know my motto, “We’ll get you there, one way or the other…”

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Hey, you’ve been holding out on us–you’re a secret Howard Hughes, BG! I was wondering about some other options on Basler Airlines, such as whether movies are shown on flights from Oshkosh to Milwaukee and if shots of tequila are only available in first class. And can you smoke in the outdoor lavatory?

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive

More good questions, Slick.

Tequila shots are available all over the plane, if the pilot is willing to share.

Yes, you may smoke in the outdoor lavatory after tampering with the smoke alarm, which is encouraged.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I dunno, BG. I wouldn’t get too closely associated with these guys. They seem like a fly-by-night operation.

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

Let’s hear it for justCAM and his sister for their newfound fame and fortune! Huzzah! :D

Pretty soon the skies will be filled with Basler aircraft!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Once BG delivers my BT-70, I’ll fly all of you over to Krasnoyarsk and we’ll toast the town!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Not so fast, justcam. Remember, we deliver our planes by truck, and you live pretty far away from the home office.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

You’re confused, jclimacus. My plane employs the catapult design written about in other posts. A Ballista is just the guy who makes your espresso at Starbucks.

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/01/28/come-to-the-border-for-a-fling/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Tequila shooters
served by Hulga. Now THAT is
flying with a twist!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

That was Cam and his trusty camera? Nice one Cam. :)

Also, “Test it? What do you mean by that? Never mind.” Beautiful. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Thanks, Crow. I have to say I enjoy the concept of a Cargo Wench, too…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

(Fish) scaling to new heights with the Turbot Conversion. Tune (a) in later to find out how it flies.

Where can one apply for the Cargo Wench position?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Were you guys trying to teach? Hmm.. guess not..
Oh, I dont know about tequila.. I remember all too well the last time i had shots..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

ifly would be so jealous :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Blog Guy, when is the inaugural flight? In honor of it, this ditty:

There is a flight company out of Oshkosh
With amenities that are great, by gosh.
You should fly Basler Air.
In weather that’s fair.
The on-board donuts are quite posh.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

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