In real life, there’s no such thing as a perfect airplane. Every element of design must balance benefits and disadvantages with regards to the nature of the intended mission. But when Popular Mechanics asked me to build the ultimate fantasy airplane, I said: Screw that! I figured it would be more fun just to kluge together my favorite parts from the coolest airplanes I’d ever seen. The result may not make too much sense aerodynamically, but for sheer curb appeal it’s a one-ship Dream Team. The article describing my bizarre, lovely beast is in this month’s (December 2012) issue, including a link to the X-Plane flight-sim website where you can download and fly the plane for yourself.
Radio and Podcast ClipsIn May I went on NPR's "All Things Considered" to discuss the John McAfee story. You can find this and other audio clips here.
Television and Video Gallery
Click through for my video and TV page, which includes this intro to my Pop Mech column.
Public SpeakingAn hour-long talk about the fate of Air France 447, presented at EAA Airventure in July, 2012.
In Bookstores: Extreme Fear
Why do some excel under intense pressure, and some panic? Click above to learn about my book, Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger.