Flight Box XM WX Compared

FlightBox is a DIY-ish ADS-B solution based on the Stratux open source project. You can read my first use impression here. Last week I put my FlighBox / AVNav EFB (Android) through a rigorous test flying from the east coast to Colorado. For a quick review of my equipment: Single engine aircraft Garmin GNS430 Aspen Read More

Taming the ADS-Beast

Oh yes, I came up with that title while cleaning some goo out of my smoker…just made some tasty ribs. Anyhow, in general aviation, ADS-B is a thing…a looming thing. My current setup is this – GNS430 (not WAAS), old King transponder, Aspen 1000 unit that receives XM WX. I’ve been looking at what to Read More

Smart Devices Jump the Shark

I like tech. I don’t want tech to do everything for me. Whether the fear of the movie Wall-e or remembering my English teach aunt who wouldn’t use a calculator to figure test score percentages because she said calculators made her mind turn to mush… …I don’t want tech everywhere. Smart watch? Sure, but not Read More

FBI iPhone Hack?

It is suspicious. The FBI seems somewhat content suddenly. The ‘old “I’m with the FBI, I’m here to help” phrase didn’t work. Now, Apple has stalled and complained enough that, well, it appear that maybe, just maybe the FBI has figured this out on it’s own. I don’t know, maybe it would have been better Read More