December 17, 2020

Suing South Carolina

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 […]
March 23, 2020

And now the Patent Trolls are coming after those trying to test for Corona Virus.

And now the Patent Trolls are coming after those trying to test for Corona Virus. So I was just interviewed on Patent Trolling on the Jordan […]
March 4, 2020

Some People Will Desperately Claim Anything to Deny Reality and Cling to Obsolete Prejudice

Hello! Some People Will Desperately Claim Anything to Deny Reality and Cling to Obsolete Prejudice. And here’s an example: Someone named Jason Baker recently wrote a blog […]
February 2, 2020

Xavion Pitot-Static / GPS / Cabin Altitude fallbacks

As we know, various real aircraft  (including Air France 447 and now two Boeing 737s) have been lost due to simple failure of pitot static or […]
November 13, 2019

AVOID KANNAD ELTS!

AVOID KANNAD ELTS! This is more of a pilot warning than an adventure. When N844X was built we dropped in a KANNAD ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) […]
November 10, 2019

Overpressure valves: Stall or loose the torque?

The Pratt and Whitney PT6-42 engine makes 850 hp at sea level, and it just keeps dishing out that huge torque even at high altitude where […]
October 23, 2019

When is a PT-6 like a Barbeque?

N844X is just not as fast as it used to be. Suddenly, my engine temperature is running 70 degrees C higher, my gas turbine is spinning […]
April 25, 2019

3-D instrument approaches

OK so one of the hardest things to do in civilian aviation is the instrument approach. The FAA lined up a bunch of fixes to each […]
April 24, 2019

Beware FlyThisSim

I just got this from a customer named Adrian Clayton recently regarding FlyThisSim: Dear Austin, I hope you are well.   Your name is ubiquitous with flying […]
March 4, 2019

7:00 AM B-17 to Augusta

So there I was, coding X-Plane and Xavion same as always when I learned that a B-17 was touring the SouthEast and stopping into my local […]
March 4, 2019

Xavion-installed flight-test

February 21, 2019

Apple and Patents

So we all know that Apple collects insane numbers of patents. Including a PATENT FOR A PAPER BAG: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/20/apple-patent-recycled-paper-bag But how is Apple AFFECTED by patents? […]
February 7, 2019

Xavion for eVTOL

OK some of you read the post on my work on the electric VeTOL project AVA: That showed the airplane, but what about the AVIONICS? Avionics […]
November 8, 2018

Latest N844X checklist

OK this may be boring as HECK for almost everyone reading this so… SORRY! If you do NOT own an Evolution or Turbine single then maybe […]
September 27, 2018

Now for the look-back: How has Xavion served me so far?

September 27, 2018

New ADSB Xavion Weather modes!

OK when I fly with my Garmin G900x I get Sirius-XM weather in flight and it is amazing: I can see everything before it happens. BUT, […]
September 27, 2018

Hurricane Florence!

OK so one of my fondest memories so far in N844X was zooming up to high altitude to see the solar eclipse with some friends: It […]
May 7, 2018

The Rolling Wind Tunnel!

OK it turns out that my teachers in college, a ton of engineering textbooks, and the internet in general all seem to understand what wings do. […]
October 7, 2017

3 things went wrong

OK I was off to Vermont on a business trip where a bunch of things would go wrong with the trip and here they are. Each […]
August 21, 2017

The atmosphere of the Sun

OK so we all knew the eclipse was coming and I planned to se it from the ground because why not? The total even would last […]
August 15, 2017

How To Make a Movie

So there is this IDEA of people making indi-style documentaries about their own experiences or knowledge areas. But how do you make a movie? I mean, […]
June 15, 2017

Xavion display: WAKE TURBULENCE!

OK so about two weeks ago I was flying along at 16,500 in N844X coming out of a pretty major airport and an MD-80 sailed silently […]
January 5, 2017

X-Plane 11 flight-model improvements

New flight-modeling stuff done recently for 11.00: Thanks to a few hundred hours of flight experience in my Lancair Evolution so far, I am really improving […]
September 12, 2016

PT-6 Operation

So people say that turbine engines, compared to recips, put out lot of power, but use more fuel. That’s sort of like saying that the Titanic […]