It began in failure. I had been laid off at the end of 2010 from an aerospace company that I had enjoyed working at. I had spent the last few weeks thinking about my own company, and what it might look like. I had machinations of building an airplane that I had sketched up one day at lunch. Or, maybe, after I finished my commercial pilot's license, I could market myself as a pilot (at the time I had no idea what the regulations said about this). Either way, I had a name: NX, which I had pulled after seeing a model of the Hughes H-1 Racer.
I knew that it would take time for the idea to become viable, and I needed money. And a firm idea. I took a job as a systems engineer at a certain government space agency to pay the bills and hone some skills. The idea of a company remained, however. As it turned out, I had a friend, Mike, from commercial flight school that was also interested in starting something. With my experience in mapping, I had done some preliminary research on starting an airborne mapping company. This was a false start. The initial investment was beyond anything that we knew we could afford, or get investment in. Mike and I agreed to abandon the idea, and look for something cheaper and more viable.
Then, one night, there was a breakthrough. Talking with Mike we were looking for a way to decrease the cost of flying, while maintaining a safety factor. Mike wanted to get into aircraft management, but after running the numbers it too looked unfeasable. That was, until Mike said "why don't we write some software to do it?"
That was it. That was the Idea.
We went to work on it immediately. Fortunately we had already recruited another friend of mine, Lee. Lee had the necessary background in computers and programming to at least get us started. Lee, Mike, and I worked for several months to develop the initial plan and made some progress. But it still took another independent contractor to complete the site. Finally, 5 years after first conceptualizing it, NX Aviation launched Orville Aircraft Management Solutions on March 1, 2015. The team is still working on several updates to the program.
Meanwhile, NX Aviation is continuing to expand. Its recently announced that it will begin buying aircraft to rent to flight schools and air charter operations, and is able and capable of helping your research and development programs. There are still more ideas in development; this is only the beginning. The NX team has already shown its perseverance. Let us serve you.