Monthly Archives: January 2016


Funded In 30 Hours

We launched our Kickstarter on Tuesday night. The campaign is running for 30 days. The goal was $10,000. I was guessing it would take at least a week to get there. We hit the $10k mark about 30 hours in. As I write this – just over two full days into the campaign – we’re at $14,625 – 146% of goal and still climbing.

Thanks to everyone who’s backed us. This is a great start to what I hope will be an amazing journey. I can’t believe that I have to wait another 28 days to know how the crowdfunding experiment turns out.

If you’re interested in owning a FlightBox, please take a look at the Kickstarter page. We’ve sold out of the early bird for dual-band but we still have a few early bird single-bands, and an unlimited number of both at the regular price.

By |2016-01-22T03:07:09+00:00January 22, 2016|Blog Post|Comments Off on Funded In 30 Hours

NTSB, Loss of Control, and The Slow Trudge of Regulation

This week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its annual “Most Wanted” list – a catalog of ten transportation safety improvements that they want to prioritize for the next year. For the fourth year in a row, general aviation accidents – specifically, loss of control accidents – remained on the list. (Considering that all GA accidents kill roughly 300 people each year – compared with 5,000 motorcyclists and 25,000 motorists – you would think the NTSB would find richer targets for improvement. But I digress…) I have a suggestion for them. If they want to do something about GA accidents, they should ask their friends at the FAA to radically revise the certification requirements for retrofit upgrades.

That might sound a bit odd, so let me explain my thinking.

First, we have to recognize that loss of control accidents are a people problem: Pilots who haven’t flown but a few hours in the past several […]

By |2016-01-22T02:07:16+00:00January 21, 2016|Blog Post|1 Comment

And we’re live! Now on Kickstarter.

Yesterday afternoon I received the “you’re clear for takeoff” message from the community manager at Kickstarter! As of about 5PM on Tuesday the campaign was live. We had our first FightBox backer within 15 minutes. The campaign has been live for less than a day and we’ve already reached 20% of our $10,000 minimum goal. Check out the campaign here:

By |2016-01-20T14:12:28+00:00January 20, 2016|Blog Post|2 Comments

Launching on Kickstarter… Soon

So yesterday I submitted the FlightBox campaign to Kickstarter, ending a couple of weeks of burning up all my evening and weekend time trying to put together a reasonably polished presentation that explains the basics of the product. The campaign is now in the “pending” state – which means that the Kickstarter team will be reviewing it. If all goes well, the review process should take somewhere between two and seven days. If they approve it, we go live. If not, we revise.

Photo Credit: Kickstarter Photo Credit: Kickstarter

If you’ve ever participated in a Kickstarter campaign as a backer, it might seem like a simple process. Write up a description of the project. Record a brief video. Fill in some fields and you’re set to go. Let me tell you, it’s not as quick and easy as you imagine. I ended up rewriting […]

By |2016-01-17T20:21:23+00:00January 17, 2016|Blog Post|Comments Off on Launching on Kickstarter… Soon
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