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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 23, 2015


This adventure is LONG, and maybe boring, but full of information! Many might be bored and should stop now, but anyone interested in experimental aviation construction […]
February 27, 2015


So this is cool! Someone is finally doing a documentary about Burt Rutan! And (it gets even cooler!) it is being funded as a KickStarter project! […]
March 2, 2015

Xavion Flight Test

So a thing I have been doing a lot recently is writing, testing, and tuning Xavion! Xavion is an App that I wrote to do everything […]
March 4, 2015

N844X Performance

This is very PRELIM performance for N844X. This is a Lancair Evolution, with a (non-standard) PT-6-42 engine. The engine normally used in the Lancair Evolution has […]
March 6, 2015

428X for Sale

Well, I can NOT own two airplanes at once, so I am having to sell 428X. If anyone wants a single-owner, always-hangared, meticulously-maintained Columbia-400 (I think […]
March 10, 2015

N844X Test Flight

So flying N844X is a different type of flying than I have ever done, and uses a rather large amount of fuel (25 gallons per hour […]
March 11, 2015

Uniloc Lawsuit

As many of you know, a company called Uniloc recently sued me and a number of other companies for “Patent Infringement”. (You can learn about it […]
March 17, 2015

Patent-Trolling Victims

Hello! Being sued for “Patent Infringement” by a company called Uniloc for USING technology provided to me by Google, I have become aware of the how […]
March 31, 2015

No Gas

It’s always easy to ADD MORE STUFF to a design. The HARD part is TAKING STUFF AWAY. I remember the first time I saw X-Plane, and […]
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 […]
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 […]