August 6, 2013


So at a family reunion near Bend, Oregon, I found myself at the base of the ski lift on Mount Bachelor. It was the middle of […]
October 26, 2012

Next-Gen backup AI avionics

What should an ideal backup avionics system be? Should it be a big, heavy, expensive box filling up the airplane with hordes of possibly chaffing or […]
September 26, 2012

So That’s How It’s Done!

Most of what you see below is what I have sort of figured out from working through it all, bit by bit, to turn my iPad […]
May 26, 2012

Your Altitude is Wrong

OK so I am working on the VP-400, and artificially-intelligent avionics package that continuously considers power-off glides to every airport within gliding range and will take […]
May 9, 2012

A Few Myths Austin Wants to Bust

QUIT DOING THIS OR DIE!!! (MYTHS of aviation, some of which can kill you) (Note: The topics on the need for left-rudder in propeller airplanes, and […]
April 26, 2012

Dual-Deploy Failure

OK so I have been shooting rockets where the parachutes get popped out at a pre-determined time by the engine. Here is how it works: You […]
July 26, 2011


It is so loud you can barely hear the screaming. It is so bright, you can barely look at it. But, I am getting ahead of […]
July 5, 2011


So it was dark around 4 am or so as we all crowded around the tower. We we all pulling an overnighter… the NASA workers, the […]
May 26, 2011


“Endeavour” (May 2011) 20 years of manned flights to orbit and I have never made the time to go see a Shuttle Launch. Ridiculous. So the […]
March 26, 2011


I have been flying Columbia 400’s for a while, and they are great, but married with a baby on the way and the desire to travel […]
June 26, 2010


“Racing” (June 2010) Ok so it was time to take a short vacation from X-Plane 10 development, and Randy’s wife (Randy of all your tech support […]
May 26, 2010


“Honeymoon” (May 2010) OK so I just got married so here are some pix of our wedding and then honeymoon through Europe: BOND! JAMES BOND! JAMES […]
May 3, 2010


“Avanti” (May 2010) Randy Witt with friends and family right after our Avanti flight: OK so X-Plane biz-manager Randy Witt knows a guy that flies his […]
October 26, 2009

“State of Flight Simulation”

“State of Flight Simulation” (October 2009)
September 10, 2009


“Techno” (September 2009) Quick note: Go here to see music by Jay Oliver… an amazing musician and X-Plane-a-holic.. it is not techno, but it is amazing! OK now […]
August 26, 2009


S428X (August 2009) OK so I ran to a tiny little private grass strip in 428X to meet some friends for lunch and then dinner later […]
July 26, 2009

“The Bear You Do Not Climb On”

“The Bear You Do Not Climb On” (July 2009) On vacation with friends to Mackinac hotel near Canada, we took the ferry to nearby Mackinaw, the […]
June 26, 2009

“French Conference”

French X-Plane Conference (June 2009) OK so a bunch of guys in France decided to have an X-Plane conference in a remote area outside of Paris. […]
February 26, 2009

“Shawano –> Columbia”

Shawano->Columbia (February 2009) OK this flight deserves a narrative.. I apologize profusely that my camera was in my suitcase in the back, inaccessible. The flight was […]
December 26, 2008

“Green Bay”

Oshkosh 2008 (December 2008) OK it was time to take 428X (successor to 842X, successor to 248X, all identical columbia-400’s right down to the color options) […]
November 26, 2008


428X 2008 (November 2008) OK so it was taking too long to get 842X fixed, but I needed to travel to get to customers! So I […]
July 26, 2008

“Oshkosh 2008″

Oshkosh 2008 (July 2008) OK so I jumped into 842X to take her to Oshkosh 2008 to work the X-Plane booth there and sell X-Plane and […]
June 26, 2008

“Hangar Final”

“Hangar-Final” (June 2008) OK 842X is finally fixed and flying, and here is the post-mortem on the whole thing. My hangar was built like crap. It […]
June 20, 2008

“Dalhart, TX”

“Dalhart, TX” (June 2008) “No taxis. No rental cars. But some hotels in town. You can take that pickup truck into town if you want. Here’s […]