Is an electric school bus possible? I'm giving away 4 to find out...
Is an electric airplane possible? I invested in Beta to find out...
Apps I made:
I wrote Xavion to back up the instruments in the cockpit of any airplane, and provide engine-failed emergency gliding paths if the engine in my plane ever quits!
It has already saved my bacon in a partial engine failure and complete pitot-static failure!
Click HERE to check it out!
Control Pad is a free App I made for iPhone and iPad to set the weather, failures, location, etc in X-Plane!
Just grab Control Pad and put it on your iPhone or iPad on the same WIFI as X-Plane, and you can control the failures and weather in X-Plane for professional training… or to get the same level of power at home!
I have a bit of Ferrari track-driving experience, and want to communicate what it is like to drive this type of car at speed. Stradale has physics as accurate as X-Plane, and I have never seen a driving sim that feels more like a real Ferrari or Corvette.
For iPhones and iPads, try it out HERE!
In England right now, a team of people are building a car that will go….
ONE THOUSAND MILES PER HOUR.
This car uses a 542 horsepower V8 engine… to run one of the fuel pumps.
It uses a fighter-jet engine… for the LOW-SPEED portion of the run.
I made a simulation for it that is quite realistic, including driving dynamics and operation. Try it HERE!
A Movie I made and my Investments:
The Patent Scam
I was sued by a Patent Troll for USING THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE. The Troll claimed to own the idea of computers sharing information to purchase software.
Patent Trolls file patents on blatantly obvious ideas that are often decades or centuries old, typically adding the idea “…but now, on a computer!” to the patent to pretend they are the first person to think of the idea. Then, armed with the stupid patent, they start suing people.
Click HERE for the documentary!
Click HERE for the YouTube videos!
A recent comment on the YouTube video: “Just FYI, Nike goes to apparel expos, scouts out other peoples ideas and then patents them and sues the original inventors. I know I was in the industry. Don’t buy Nike.”
I invest to make the world cleaner, and my investments include Pro-Terra, a company making electric buses for cities. Imagine cities with clean, silent electric buses!! I invest in EPS, creators of an aviation engine that uses less fuel than other aviation engines. I invest in Beta, a company making a zero-emissions electric eVTOL airplane, and RDD, makers of a more efficient light airplane, the LX7. I also invest in a company called Aeon Blue, which is developing a technology that makes carbon-negative fuel (including SAF) from the wind and sea! These investments are all early-stage, pre-IPO, and helping make the world a cleaner place.
The Ava Lane Meyer Foundation
The Ava Lane Meyer foundation was created by Austin Meyer to advance clean energy and transportation by both investing and giving in those areas. Contributions and gifts made so far involve investments in ProTerra, Beta Technologies, Aztlan Chemical, and the gift of KidsRideClean, a gift of electric school buses that don’t make pollution, noise, or damage kids’ health.
The coolest airplanes I invest in, design, or build:
What are the most annoying things about airplanes other than the airline food? The fact they they use so much FUEL and RUNWAY! THESE are the things that we are solving at Beta. Meet Ava. This airplane is electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing. No gas. See our web site HERE. A few stories are here and here.
Giving that I do:
Meyer Scholar at Saint Paul’s School
If you live in South Carolina and want to go to the most amazing school that I can imagine, then check out Saint Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire!
I went there and it was just the most amazing place I have ever been, period.
To help, I helped fund the Meyer Scholar full-ride scholarship, so you can go without worrying about money for tuition.
What these people do is just amazing. Many of us THINK of how we want to help wildlife, but Greg and his wife actually DO it. They give every bit of time and effort and energy they have to helping injured or abandoned raccoons, deer, goats, squirrels, and any other animals that need help. Their farm, to me, is a little paradise. I help when I can, but they sure need more!
Institute for Child Success
The Institute for Child Success does a lot of driving, and since they are a non-profit, they don’t have extra money for zero-emissions cars. I gave them a Tesla Model 3 to provide zero-emissions transport.
The Ava Lane Meyer Science and Art Building
I just gave a new building to our school! The buildings we had were all so run-down and crowded, a wonderful new science and art building was called for! We just finished construction and it is GREAT! It’s clean and neat and new and useful and the kids love it. Mixture of renderings and actual photos above… the building turned out exactly as planned!
The St Frances Animal Center
The St Frances Animal Center operates on a tight budget but still provides cats to a wonderful cat-petting cafe in Georgetown, SC, where we vacation sometimes. I’m giving for them to make a small new building for the cats!
The scammers and the lawsuits:
I just got this from a customer named Adrian Clayton recently regarding FlyThisSim:
I hope you are well. Your name is ubiquitous with flying and simulation and I could think of no better person to ask about sim construction.
I am a PPL from South Africa that has been looking to improve my flying and for years researched flight simulators – I am too busy at my normal job and not technical enough to build my own, so I finally decided to purchase a Flythissim sim in November 2018. Unfortunately they have not delivered the product and neither have they refunded my purchase price, Flythissim seem to be defrauding other pilots too. I expect to never recover my $13500.
I drive a Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition and my wife a Tesla Model S.
My car goes 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, which is faster than most Ferraris, has a 5-star safety rating, is safer than a Volvo, is quieter than a Rolls Royce, handles exactly like a BMW, has a far better map for navigation and traffic-avoidance than any other car, and uses no gas.
The only fluid it needs is windshield wiper fluid.
Gasoline-powered cars, of course, are much more likely to burst into flames after an accident than electric cars, and this causes about 2 people per day in the United States to die by immolation after an otherwise-survivable crash.
Tesla makes electric cars that solve these problems, and, in South Carolina, it is illegal for Tesla to sell them.
And now: Copyright Trolling.
People often ask me about the state of Patent Trolling in the US right now. Unfortunately, it’s continuing in a form where trolls go “big game hunting” (pardon the video at right!) and sue companies like Apple, who of course pass the cost on down to us. Now, a company called Design Basics, operated by Patrick Carmichael, Myles Sherman, and Paul Foresman, is doing something called “Copyright Trolling”, which you can read about HERE.
Below are Wayne and Susan LaPierre of the NRA.
Decide for yourself if they are brave hunters, facing a deadly prey, using their guns in desperate self-defense. Start at 5:30 if you have no time.