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.
Television and Video Gallery
Click through for my demo reel and a roundup of recent appearances.
Public SpeakingClick here for a panel discussion about the future of getting lost and an hour-long talk about the fate of Air France 447.
Radio and Podcast ClipsI recently went on Bloomberg radio to discuss my Businessweek story about how Airbus is debugging its new A350 airliner. You can find this and other audio clips here.
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.