Soaring product market news by Paul Remde, Cumulus Soaring


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Soaring product market news by Paul Remde, Cumulus Soaring

  1. 1. Soaring Product Market News Paul Remde
  2. 2. Introductions <ul><li>Paul Remde </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started flying gliders in 1990 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have owned shares of: Schweizer 1-35c, Ventus b, DG-1000S </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Member of Minnesota Soaring Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contest pilot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host of the 2007 18 m and Open Class Nationals and Region 7 Contest in Albert Lea, MN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host of the 2005 Region 7 Contest in Albert Lea, Minnesota </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition Director: 2004 Region 7 Contest, IL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aerobatics lover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota State Soaring Record Holder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology nut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soaring Links web site: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soaring Classifieds web site: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cumulus Soaring, Inc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I consider myself a servant. I work hard to help glider pilots get the most from their soaring products. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Product Comparisons <ul><li>Available as a free reference on my web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please buy from me if you find the information useful. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comparisons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PDA/GPS Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variometers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS Flight Recorders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flight Computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flight Software for PDAs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flight Review and Task Planning Software for PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radios – Handheld </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radios – Panel Mount </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDAs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDA Cradles </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Product Comparisons <ul><li>Fair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I try to keep the comparisons as fair, accurate and complete as possible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please let me know if you have any suggestions for added comparison items and I’ll do my best to add them to the site. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I sell most, but not all the products we will be reviewing today. Please interrupt me if you have any corrections or additional comments on any item. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Naviter Oudie <ul><li>Hugely successful!!! I’ve sold over 220. </li></ul><ul><li>Large 5&quot; screen (slightly brighter than other PNA devices) </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated GPS for stand-alone operation </li></ul><ul><li>Preinstalled SeeYou Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Preinstalled worldwide Vector maps </li></ul><ul><li>Preinstalled airports and airspace </li></ul><ul><li>Specifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen Size: 5&quot; diagonal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen Resolution: 480 x 272 pixels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall Size: 135 x 86 x 14 mm (5.3 x 3.4 x 0.55 inches) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Price: $578 (including SeeYou Mobile license) </li></ul>
  6. 6. PowerFLARM <ul><li>Over 600 Pre-ordered </li></ul><ul><li>Coming in April </li></ul><ul><li>Two Versions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Portable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Built-in display </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Built-in battery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Antennas attached </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remote display </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No internal battery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remote antennas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Simulation </li></ul>
  7. 7. ILEC SN10 – New Software Version <ul><li>Version 2.35 </li></ul><ul><li>Became available: March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>New FLARM support </li></ul><ul><li>FLARM collision warning page (pops up graphic for collision warning) </li></ul><ul><li>FLARM neighbors moving map display page </li></ul><ul><li>Declare SN10 task into FLARM </li></ul><ul><li>AAT workload reduction features. </li></ul><ul><li>Add Discus 2c 18-meter polar </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting improvements (leading &quot;:&quot; on minutes time in many locations) </li></ul><ul><li>A few bug fixes </li></ul><ul><li>See ILEC web site at </li></ul>
  8. 8. ClearNav Instruments News <ul><li>Split from NK </li></ul><ul><li>Same Team </li></ul><ul><li>Great Products </li></ul><ul><li>Bright Future </li></ul><ul><li>Support in the USA </li></ul>
  9. 9. ClearNav Instruments News <ul><li>Bright </li></ul><ul><li>Large </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative </li></ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul>
  10. 10. ClearNav Instruments News <ul><li>New High-Technology Variometer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfect mate for ClearNav </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great as a “stand-alone” unit (without ClearNav) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3-axis accelerometer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yaw & Pitch rate sensor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compass sensor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 RS232 Serial port </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 USB Master port </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Same hardware available at several price points with different features enabled: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Total Energy Vario with audio and averager </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speed-to-fly variometer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>STF vario with IGC Approved Logger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available Spring 2011 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. SPOT Connect <ul><li>The SPOT Connect turns your &quot;smart phone&quot; into a satellite communicator.  </li></ul><ul><li>Same functionality as the SPOT-2 when connected to a &quot;smart phone&quot; over a wireless Bluetooth connection.  </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to the ability to send pre-defined messages, it can also send short (41 character) &quot;Type & Send&quot; messages - using the user interface on the phone to enter the message.  </li></ul><ul><li>Message purchase options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase packages in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$49.95 for 500 message </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$29.99 for 100 message </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or pay as you go for $0.50 for each message  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The hardware device does not have all the buttons found on the SPOT-2 - a smart phone is required as the user-interface.  </li></ul><ul><li>An on-device SOS button in provided for standalone emergency operation.  </li></ul><ul><li>The SPOT Connect will be compatible with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Android (platform 2.0 or later) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackberry and Microsoft platforms (not in first release) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$149.95 for hardware + $149.95/year for service with tracking </li></ul><ul><li>A nifty new feature for all SPOT devices is the ability to have your message and position posted on your Facebook or Twitter account.  </li></ul>
  12. 12. LXNAV Nano <ul><li>GPS Flight Recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Full IGC Approval </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely small </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely simple </li></ul>$569
  13. 13. LXNAV LX 9000 <ul><li>Big, Bright </li></ul><ul><li>Nice new vario </li></ul><ul><li>Full featured </li></ul>
  14. 14. LX Navigation News <ul><li>LX Mini Map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rugged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much brighter than a PDA or PNA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High-resolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About the same size as a Naviter Oudie (slightly smaller screen) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional “keyboard” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional vario </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional stick-mounted remote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soaring Flight Software not included </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 to 4 times the price of an Oudie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I’m sorry that I can’t sell it. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. StrePla News <ul><li>New version of pocket*StrePla </li></ul><ul><li>Works on many PNAs the run Windows CE – including LX Mini Map </li></ul><ul><li>Displays Google Maps, DCW and U.S. Sectionals on the PNA </li></ul>
  16. 16. Trig Avionics Limited Trig TT21 130 W 15,000 ft $2195 Trig TT22 250 W 35,000 ft $2395 <ul><li>Very popular </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely reliable </li></ul><ul><li>TT21 & TT22 Mode S Transponders </li></ul><ul><li>Built-in Altitude Encoder </li></ul><ul><li>Small </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight </li></ul><ul><li>Low Power </li></ul><ul><li>Low Cost </li></ul>
  17. 17. Condor Club Class Plane Pack 2 <ul><li>5 fun new planes to fly in Condor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASW 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASW 19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jantar Standard 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libelle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LS 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$21 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sailplane Grand Prix in the Andes <ul><li>2010 World Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago, Chile </li></ul><ul><li>Awesome cinematography! </li></ul><ul><li>Available in HD on Blu-ray disc or standard resolution on DVD (show preview) </li></ul><ul><li>Main film is designed to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce soaring to non-glider pilots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise funding for Grand Prix business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bonus features are aimed at sailplane pilots: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of a contest day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kawa in the Cockpit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The “Aquarium” shots </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Dawn Flight – New Edition <ul><li>Re-release of classic film </li></ul><ul><li>Full-length version (a few deleted scenes put back in) </li></ul><ul><li>Re-mastered (slight improvement) </li></ul><ul><li>Awesome 1-26 aerobatics </li></ul><ul><li>Not a documentary – a “Dramatic Short Subject Film” </li></ul><ul><li>Bonus features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview with Brian Lansburgh and actor/pilot Denis Arndt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Film makers Commentary (over film) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Soaring Beyond the Clouds – Einar Enevoldson Reaches for 100,000 Feet <ul><li>Soaring Beyond the Clouds tells the fascinating story of Einar Enevoldson’s life on the leading edge of flight. It is a book that will be enjoyed by all aviation fans whether or not they are pilots. </li></ul><ul><li>My Favorite Sections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History of “University of El Mirage” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test pilot with NASA at Edwards AFB lifting body aircraft, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World record altitude flights with Steve Fossett </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans for the future of the Perlan project </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Sailplane Design – New 2 nd Edition <ul><li>A very complete and thorough &quot;bible&quot; on sailplane design for students and designers.  </li></ul><ul><li>It is similar in concept to the book “Fundamentals of Sailplane Design&quot;, but (according to the author) this book takes the idea farther and includes practical design examples. </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in this 2nd Edition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This version has a smaller physical size - making it lighter and reducing shipping costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The &quot;meat&quot; of the book is the same as the first version but the chapter related to the winglet design has been rewritten by the author in a pragmatic way.  In character with the rest of the book.  As a consequence, the writing of Maughmer has been substituted with the Chapter written by Mr. Pajno. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>News from around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent content </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>By Bill Elliott and Rand Baldwin </li></ul>
  23. 23. Cloudstreet Journal <ul><li>Electronic Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription required $48/year </li></ul><ul><li>By Steve Hines & Lee Matke </li></ul><ul><li>Nice, current international soaring news </li></ul><ul><li>Awesome graphics and photos </li></ul><ul><li>Please subscribe – Let’s make it a success! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Soaring News Newsletter <ul><li>Cumulus Soaring, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>New edition available </li></ul><ul><li>3600+ subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>Soaring Product News </li></ul><ul><li>Soaring related articles </li></ul><ul><li>Fun & Interesting Links </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Coupons for subscribers </li></ul>
  25. 25. Gliding International Magazine <ul><li>By John Roake </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Former publisher of Gliding Kiwi </li></ul></ul><ul><li>News from around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent </li></ul><ul><li>$64/year </li></ul><ul><li>6 issues/year </li></ul>
  26. 26. Thank You <ul><li>Thank you for joining me for this discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Please visit my web site soon. </li></ul><ul><li>Does anyone want to join me for lunch? </li></ul><ul><li>Come see the demos today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Room 2119 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1:30 to 5 PM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demos available for you to see: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ClearNav Flight Computer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ClearNav Variometer (hopefully) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LXNAV LX 9000 and its lovely new variometer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FLARM and Butterfly displays (hopefully) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Naviter Oudie </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SPOT 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soaring Beyond the Clouds – Einar Enevoldson Reaches for 100,000 feet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Soaring Made Easy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sailplane Grand Prix in the Andes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dawn Flight (new full-length version with bonus features) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Did I Miss Anything? <ul><li>Are there any other new soaring products that I’m not aware of or am forgetting to list? </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul>