October 26, 2009

“State of Flight Simulation”

“State of Flight Simulation” (October 2009)
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
August 7, 2013


OK so a car called the Ferrari 599-GTB was making a lap across North America, stopping at Ferrari clubs along the way, with a driver from […]
December 18, 2013

Giving Back

X-Plane has done well enough for me to pay my bills, so now I am giving the extra back. Here are some of the projects that […]
March 7, 2014

I care

Is this an adventure? No. But I am publishing it anyway, because I care. (And I will never eat at Jimmy-Johns… I would rather go hungry) […]
August 5, 2014

No Data

“Whatever goes wrong with tomorrow’s flight, it WON’T be access to data.” These were among my last words to my wife that evening as I settled […]
September 20, 2014

The REAL Jurassic Park

So it turns out that chimps are still being used for medical research. Why care? Certainly, they are often MADE sick and GIVEN diseases, for simply for […]
November 18, 2014


A B-17 bomber goes flying over my house so I run out the local airport to see it. Turns out you can buy a ticket for a […]
January 5, 2015


Recently I have pretty much stopped watching fiction as it is largely a waste of time. We certainly don’t find out what is going on in […]
January 11, 2015

N844X Build log

What if you took an 850-hp Pratt and Whitney PT-6a Turbine and put it on a 100% carbon-fiber airframe? What would happen? Well, this: A 5,000+ […]
February 1, 2015

Don’t Do This It Doesn’t Work

My favorite session at the old Mac-Hack computer programming conventions I used to go to was called “Don’t Do This It Doesn’t Work”. It was a […]
February 7, 2015


So I am spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and years of my life trying to prove that Uniloc did not invent a […]