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 […]
September 12, 2016

Actually, loser-pays is a bit more dangerous than I thought!

I recently sold N428X, my Columbia-400 (once N844X, my Evolution, was ready for flight). The buyer had his agent ->inspect the airplane, ->inspect the various paperwork […]
July 1, 2016

Time-Travel: Vertical Power

OK I am cleaning old posts out of but this is one that I never want to forget, or for that matter for anyone else […]
July 1, 2016

Time-Travel: My ROCKET flights!

An old bit of soon to be tossed in the trash we we update the site to be more professional, so I save the post […]
July 1, 2016

Time-Travel: My ROCKET experiments!

OK we are starting to overhaul and cleaning out some of my old left-over posts there, but some of this stuff is a little bit […]
June 14, 2016

844X Ups and Downs

OK plenty of stuff has gone wrong with my Evolution (N844X… Google it for pics), but the only way any of this can be WORTH IT […]
September 6, 2015

How They Lie to You

OK this is an unpleasant title and an unpleasant discussion compared to flying, but like: ->Thorium Nuclear Power (and it’s ability to save us), ->Patent-Trolling (and […]
September 5, 2015

Global Warming

Since 1958, scientist Charles Keeling has been measuring atmospheric CO2 levels from an observatory on Mauna Loa in Hawaii. Those measurements are still going on today. Here […]
September 4, 2015


Lancairs and Teslas are two of my favorite things in the world. But you know the old thing about chocolate and peanut-butter: Combine them and they […]
September 3, 2015

The Thorium Solution

On September 12, 1932, a man named Leo Szilard was wanted to walk across the street in London. But the “walk” light across the street was […]
September 2, 2015

We Are Being Sued for Putting Our App on Android

We, at Laminar Research, are being sued by a company called Uniloc (just merged with a company called The Marathon patent Group) for putting X-Plane on […]
August 31, 2015


Everybody always asks, and nobody ever understands, how the propeller beta and reverse models work in X-Plane. So here we go. Everything I am about to […]
August 30, 2015

Amazon and Wile E Coyote

OK let’s look at what Patents are in the REAL WORLD. Space-X is currently building rockets that will soon be landing routinely on boats and other […]
July 9, 2015

See for Yourself

As I have talked about Patent Trolling, many people have said that they just can not believe that it is really TRUE that lawyers just create […]
June 15, 2015

Zero Percent

There is a pretty big argument going right now about Patent Trolls, and for many people, the fundamental point that it (very rightly) boils down to […]
June 3, 2015

They OWN it.

I am making a documentary about the United States Patent System. As part of my research, I have subscribed to a very low-cost service that shows […]
May 20, 2015

My Experiences Fighting Patent Trolls

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May 9, 2015


OK so a number of times when I have been flying N844X I have been flying along (usually climbing) and heard a sudden BANG! It is […]
April 13, 2015

An Open Letter to Congress

Dear Senator or Congressman: Some years ago, living in a cheap apartment by my local airport, I wrote X-Plane, a flight simulator that has since grown […]
April 2, 2015


OK so I just do not like any of the driving sims available for iPhone! The graphics are great on RealRacing, but the physics just are […]