BeachAV8R Bio

Chris “BeachAV8R” Frishmuth

At heart, I’m a PC flight simulator geek of the highest order. My PC simming started in my preteen years during the early 80s with SubLogic’s Flight Simulator II for the Commodore 64. Through the decades, I’ve played and followed nearly all of the titles from familiar development houses such as subLogic, Microsoft, Microprose, and Jane’s to name a few. Riding the bus to school as a child, every morning I would pass by the glowing blue lights of the nearby Davidson Army Airfield just south of Washington D.C., and I would dream of one day becoming a pilot. PC flight simulators gave me an outlet and fostered those dreams of flight.
To keep a long story short, I eventually earned my Private Pilot certificate at Quantico Marine Corps Air Station before moving on to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to earn my B.S. in Aerospace Studies. From there I went to work in Myrtle Beach, SC where I worked my way through my Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, and CFI-Instrument ratings by pumping fuel on the flightline and turning my paychecks into flight hours. In 1997, I was fortunate to be picked up by a textile company in Charlotte, NC that introduced me to turboprop and turbine aircraft. Sixteen months later, in 1998, I joined MedCenter Air as an air-ambulance pilot. It is a job I love and enjoy. Over the years, I spent a decade writing feature articles and reviews for until my departure in 2012. Since 2008 I’ve been a staff writer for London based PC Pilot magazine. I currently live outside of Charlotte, NC with my incredible wife, Marisa, and our precocious four year old son, Kai.


Though this site is primarily dedicated to PC flight simulation, I’m a 7000+ hour ATP with 3000+ hours Citation PIC, 3000+ hours King Air PIC, and degrees in Aviation Safety, Aviation Business Administration, and Psychology. I hold a CAE/SimuFlite Pro card and Certified Flight Instructor/Instrument. I’m available for professional consulting, speaking, contract piloting, aviation seminars, simulation development, and all manners of media appearances. I can be contacted via the e-mail link at the bottom of this page.

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  1. Hi, I’m the author of, which has been very static for a long time while I still focus especially on the X-15 and our F-104B, the former NASA 819, as a docent and volunteer in additional capacities at the Aerospace Museum of California (AMC). This 104 was Chase 4 at the end of Bob White’s FAI altitude record flight to 314,750 feet, flown on that day by Milt Thompson with Forrest Petersen riding the back seat. Would it be possible to talk by phone? Having just discovered your site’s X-15 content, which is high quality in multiple ways, I’m wondering if we could collaborate on something. AMC is gearing up to for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing in July, and two of the I’ve been thinking about doing two nontrivial things that could benefit from your ability to generate graphics. One is updating and recording the audio track that should go with my PowerPoint to replay that flight by White in real time. I did a relatively simple numeric simulation to match up the flight track with its plot, which the NASA (then) Dryden history office folks said is the only one that was kept. A second objective is to apply some degree of simulation to Flight 3-4-8, especially in response to the First Man movie having used that flight as its first scene. One part needing tuning is Neil’s flight path on turnaround over the LA Basin, even he couldn’t supply guidance about that because the X-15 had highly crummy downward visibility from the cockpit. Also, I’m trying to form a plan some updates to our X-15 exhibit. If you shoot back an email I’ll give you my cell phone number. P.S.: Alpha of about 10-11 degrees probably would be right for a speed or heating mission. For White’s altitude record flight (3-7-14) reentry was flown at alpha = 21 degrees [cited from memory only, can check later.]

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