The Flight Data Viewer was designed and written by Michael Jackson, the principle at Jackson Advanced Software, LLC.

Michael has been a pilot for over 45 years and holds a private pilot certificate, with tail wheel and glider endorsements. Michael also flew hang gliders in New York's Hudson valley for 10 years. He has built two Sonex aircraft: a Xenos motor glider and a single seat OneX. The Xenos features a MGL Enigma EFIS and the OneX contains an Explorer iEFIS.

The first version of the Flight Data Viewer was written in 2011 and supported the MGL Enigma. Since then it has been enhanced to support the black box data format used by the newer MGL Avionics devices, and EFIS from Dynon, GRT and Garmin.

Michael has nearly 40 years of computer application development experience. He has worked for several startups, and the NBC Olympics, travelling all over the world including Sydney, Australia; Beijing, China; Torino, Italy; London, England; Vancouver, Canada; and Athens, Greece. He has been awarded three sports Emmys for his work on NBC's Olympic coverage.