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 […]
February 9, 2024

Should I get an Evolution???

People keep asking me: What is the deal with your Evolution, and would you get one again, and I should I get one etc etc etc. […]
May 11, 2023


I just ran N844X from South Carolina to Oregon for maintenance and upgrades. OK I also stopped by new York on my way back from a […]
May 14, 2022

Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for Dinner  OK it was off from South Carolina to Dubai to meet a pro X-Plane customer for service, so time for a rather long […]
April 30, 2022

Riding the Boeing 787

So I’ve always wondered what it would be like to ride in a Boeing 787, but I never seemed to get the chance. I’m usually flying […]
June 9, 2021


So I’m sitting here going thru my email while I work, same as always, and I get this slightly-panicked email about X-Plane piracy or plagiarism. Email title: […]
June 4, 2021

From studying the loss of N515DL, I have learned some things about how ice affects aircraft performance.

================================================================================ THIS REPORT ================================================================================ I have learned some things about how ice affects aircraft performance from studying the loss of N515DL, a Lancair Evolution recently lost […]
May 12, 2021

Now, COPYRIGHT trolling

Patent Trolling’s twin: Copyright trolling I’ve covered Patent Trolling in some detail in the movie The Patent Scam. Today I’ll briefly go over a variation on […]
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 […]
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


BE AWARE OF KANNAD ELTS! This is more of a pilot warning than an adventure. When N844X was built we dropped in a KANNAD ELT (Emergency […]
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: 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 […]