Holiday Discounts and Gift Ideas from Cumulus Soaring, Inc.

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to you and your family from Paul and Dena at Cumulus Soaring, Inc.  We hope your holiday season is joyous.

I am extremely thankful for a great year of soaring.  Dick Andrews and I won the last contest day at the Region 7 Soaring Contest in Albert Lea, Minnesota in our DG-1000.  That was the first time either of us won a soaring contest day.  It was a very challenging day, and we were extremely lucky, but I'll take it!  Dick and I also enjoyed many great soaring days flying from Nephi, Utah in late June and early July.  Our best flight was over 800 km (OLC distance).  It was our longest flight to date.  I found free distance OLC flights to be extremely fun!  I very highly recommend flying from Nephi.  The volunteers put on a great soaring event and the soaring weather and scenery were awesome!   It was a great adventure.  You can see some photos from the trip on my Flickr page.

It has also been a good year from Cumulus Soaring, Inc.  I am extremely thankful for the support received from the soaring community.  Thank you for your business.  Thank you especially to those who purchased Mutual Support Memberships.  I very much enjoy serving the soaring community and look forward to continuing to do so for many more years. 

Good Soaring,

Paul Remde
LXNAV Sale - Ends December 1st!!!

LXNAV's Fall Sale ends this Tuesday.  Order now!
  • LXNAV S7: $1040 (normally $1160)
  • LXNAV S8: $1395 (normally $1640)
  • LXNAV S80: $1495 (normally $1640)
  • LXNAV S7+Nano: $1295 (normally $1595)
  • LXNAV S8+BlueTooth+Nano: $1630 (normally $2165)
  • LXNAV S80+BlueTooth+Nano: $1745 (normally $2165)
  • Free upgrade from V9 to V8 or V80 vario with purchase of full version of LX80x0 or LX90x0 (normally $445)
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ClearNav Holiday Sale

ClearNav is offering 25% off select items!

Sale Ends: December 31, 2015
  • ClearNav CNi-0660-XC, CNv Vario with LCD display and XC software upgrade: $1650 (normally $2200)
  • ClearNav CNi-0660-XC CNv vario with both LCD display and CNi-0622 display with mechanical pointer, and XC software upgrade: $2137.50 (normally $2850)
  • ClearNav CNi-0625 LCD Variometer Display head for use with existing CNv vario: $412.50 (normally $550) - A great way to upgrade an existing CNv vario for use with the new features that are only available with the LCD display.
  • ClearNav II CNi-0604 color flight computer with standard mount: $2617.50 (normally $3490)
  • ClearNav II CNi-0605 color flight computer with tunnel mount: $2617.50 (normally $3490)
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New - ClearNav CNv LCD Vario Overview Video

Check-out the new detailed overview video for the ClearNav CNv LCD Vario.  

The CNv LCD Vario and its new Thermal Assistant have been receiving rave reviews.  It is a great product.

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2016 Region 7 Soaring Contest in Albert Lea, Minnesota

Leon Zeug and Geoff Weck did a fantastic job of organizing and running the 2015 Region 7 Contest.  They will do it again in 2016.  The contest will run from Sunday, May 15 to Saturday, May 21.  I'll be there with Dick Andrews in the DG-1000.  I can't wait!  I hope you can join us.  Registration will be available on the SSA web site soon.
New - ClearNav II - Overview Video

See just how easy it is to fly with the ClearNav II soaring flight computer.

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SPOT 3 - FREE

Get a SPOT 3 or SPOT Global Phone for free - after mail-in rebate. 

Buy your SPOT Gen 3 or SPOT Global Phone here by December 31, 2015 at the full price. Then use the online rebate form or print the PDF rebate form and send it in by January 30, 2016. This offer is for new SPOT purchases only. It does not apply to upgrades. 

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New - Mountain High EDS O2D1-2G and O2D2-2G

Mountain High Oxygen is pleased to announce the release of our next generation of EDS (Electronic Delivery System) Pulse Demand oxygen controllers, the O2D1-2G and O2D2-2G.

These changes are common to both the O2D1 and O2D2 family of EDS.

Our new Pulse Demand systems still incorporate all of the benefits of our legacy controllers but with many improvements.

We started with the control switch: The EDS unit now incorporates a MIL spec ruggedized easy-to- grip rotary control switch providing improved reliability, increased ease of function and visibility. This switch also has very positive position detents for excellent tactile feedback making it resistant to changes from causal rubbing or bumping.

While we were at it, we improved the manifold design to allow for better breathing response and effort tracking. This combined with a new circuit board, as well as a new micro-controller, gives improved power-conserving operations with even less RFI emissions, better respire-metric tracking and dispensing of oxygen in finer resolution resulting in smoother steps from altitude and breathing changes.

Other improvements include a dedicated bi-color system battery status light allowing much easier monitoring and definitive indication of battery condition without being confused as a station operation. The original O2Dx units encoded the low battery notification into the station lights. This status light also responds to each control switch change with a beep and green flash to confirm your actions. Also the audio alerts and warnings are louder, more crisp and dynamic to human hearing in an effort of being heard over modest cabin noise. The O2D2 has a 600 Ohm stereo external audio jack as well as a USB compatible (5VDC) external power port.

More intuitive F-Mode settings labeled as 1, 2, 3 & 4 for use with face masks or when more oxygen is required.

Abandoned Unit Auto Shut-Off
If you should forget to turn your EDS off after use, it will now go into auto shut-down (drawing very little power) after 3 hours of detecting no use in an attempt to save the batteries for another flight.

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DeLorme inReach Rebates
  • $75 mail-in rebate for inReach Explorer
  • $50 mail-in rebate for inReach SE
Buy your DeLorme inReach SE or inReach Explorer here at the full price on or before December 31, 2015. Then use the online rebate form below or print the PDF rebate form and send it in by January 15, 2016. The inReach service must be activated by December 31, 2015.

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Thommen Mechanical Aircraft Clocks

Thommen Aircraft Equipment AG (formerly Revue Thommen) makes high quality aircraft instruments in Switzerland. Their B13 and B18 mechanical aircraft chronographs are classic, handsome time instruments. If you are a fan of mechanical watches, you'll love these clocks. They have mechanical (no electricity required) movements which are wound by hand and run for 8 days. They are designed to be mounted in a 57 mm instrument hole (with some modification) and offer several timer features. They are legal for use in aircraft, but also look great sitting on a desk or table. They are great conversation pieces. Like a fine watch, they are not inexpensive, but this is sure to be the one instrument you move from sailplane to sailplane over the years.

An overview video is now available to help you see just how great these clocks really are.

Mutual Support Memberships

In the last year over 300 soaring pilots have purchased Mutual Support Memberships.  Some did so to take advantage of the included technical support and discounts on purchases.  Many did so mainly to support my efforts.  I am extremely grateful to all of you!!!  Thank You!!!

If you would like to help support my company and help me be able to continue to provide product overview videos, product comparison web pages, etc., please consider purchasing a Mutual Support Membership.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some low cost items that are perfect gifts for your soaring friends?  We have many great gift ideas. Or you can use the page to let your friends and loved ones know what soaring items you would like to receive as gifts.

Gift Ideas Include:
  • 5 different soaring photo calendars!
  • New soaring books
  • New soaring videos
  • Wing Tape
  • Yaw Strings
  • Canopy Polish
  • Scale sailplane display models
  • Condor Soaring Simulator
  • Metallic canopy covers
Gifts
New Book - Dancing with the Wind
by Jean-Marie Clément

A detailed, must-have "Manual of sailplane slope and wave soaring techniques. Everything you need to know about how to fly in the wind, happy and safe."

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New Book - LS-Sailplanes - From the LS1 to LS11

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This book documents the history of the famous Rolladen Schneider LS Sailplanes. It includes many photographs and other documents. For every LS sailplane type there is a lovely full-page 3-view drawing by Martin Simons. The book is supplied with a 16 page Englsih summary insert in which the most important facts are translated chapter by chapter.

Review by Paul Remde
I'm an engineer/MBA who loves
 reading about the development of sailplanes and the people who brought them to life. I wish I could read German so I could savor every word, but I was very satisfied with the 16 page English language summary, the line-art sailplane drawings by Martin Simons, and the many photographs. Certainly the LS sailplanes are some of the most lovely sailplanes ever made. Their many innovative design features not only worked great, but also looked great - from the gracefully bent-up winglet featured on the cover, to the way the back end of the tailboom was designed to allow air to escape the fuselage - improving cockpit ventilation. The book is expertly published by Klaus Fey of EQIP - maker of the fantastic "Sailplanes" books. Everyone who loves the lines of LS sailplanes will love this book.

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Light Airplane and Glider Static and Dynamic Stability
- The Aircraft Maneuverability - Basic Theory and Calculation Examples

The aim of this book is to provide future designers and students of aeronautical engineering with a practical guide to be used in the study of static and dynamic stability on sailplanes and small aircraft.

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On the Wings of an Albatross: Hawley Bowlus and his BA-100 Baby Albatross
by Jeff Byard

The Bowlus Baby Albatross was one of the most popular American designed sailplanes of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Designed by William Hawley Bowlus of San Fernando, California, this beautiful little sailplane has inspired several generations of young and old to pursue carriers in all facets of aviation including the sport of soaring. This is the story of Hawley Bowlus and his iconic BA-100 Baby Albatross.

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Cloudstreet - Soaring the American West (DVD & Blu-ray)

CloudStreet: Soaring The American West is a visually stunning high-definition documentary featuring the beauty and drama of a soaring adventure in the American West. As unbelievably serene as it is thrilling,

CloudStreet gives viewers the extraordinary experience of soaring along the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.

Along the way, CloudStreet educates our audience not just about flying sailplanes cross-country, but also about the science of soaring, about the unique geography of the intermountain west, and about the workings of our atmosphere. It is easy learning as the audience is carried along by the excitement of this experience and drawn in by the natural curiosity evoked from this extraordinary mode of flight.

We hear from the pilots about how it feels to cross vast distances using only the energy of the atmosphere to stay aloft. Their love of soaring is inspirational as they balance managing the dangers of motorless flight, and the joys of true freedom.
Cloudstreet uses newly developed camera platforms and state-of-the-art high-definition camera technology for an unparalleled experience.

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New - LXNAV Soaring Photo Calendar

The LXNAV Soaring Photo Calendar offers fantastic soaring photos in a medium sized format.   Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions.
Photographers:
  • Zsolt Mattburger
  • Bostjan Pristavec
  • Luka Znidarsic
  • Laurent Couture
  • René de Dreu
  • Toni Sibanc
  • Max Leenders
Makes a great gift!
 
Dimensions: 18.9 inches (48 cm) x 11.4 inches (29 cm)

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LXNAV Wi-Fi Module for LX80x0 and LX90x0

The LXNAV Wi-Fi Module can be used to connect to the internet through a wireless network such as a smart phone that can act as a "Personal Hotspot". It offers many powerful features - such as the ability to e-mail your flight log to any computer while still sitting in the glider. It can also be used to download and display weather data on the map (coming soon).

It will be extremely nice to e-mail my flight log to my home computer immediately after landing - using my iPhone (any smart phone with internet access will work) to connect the LX9000 to the internet. Displaying weather maps on the map will also be extremely useful - assuming my iPhone can connect to the internet while at altitude.

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Marc Ulm Sailplanes Calendar, 2016

Marc Ulm Sailplanes Calendar, 2016

I love the images Marc Ulm has provided for his 2016 soaring photo calendar. It is in a nice, medium sized format.

About the Photographer
Marc Ulm is a professional 22 year old photographer from Germany. "I want to show the world through my eyes but in a different way. I'm always thinking of the special motive. My aim is it to show the world the creative site of photography. I'm a learned technical photo and media assistant and started photography with the age of 12 years. My main territories are: Aviation, People, Architecture, Events, Wedding. Since March 2015 I'm also a private pilot." 

Marc's web site:  http://www.ulmphoto.com/

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New Printable Catalog

I have worked hard to make my catalog easier to read. Please download it, print it, and give it a quick read.  A printable version is available here: Catalog

Soaring News Facebook Page

Please check-out my  Soaring News  page for the latest soaring product news and links to soaring news, images and videos from around the world. If you're not a Facebook user - no problem. You can still see the page and click-on all the links on the page . If you are a Facebook user, please "Like" the page so you will see posts from the page in your newsfeed. I had previously sent out soaring news in my "Soaring News" email newsletter - but it took so long to create each issue that I didn't send them out very often. It is very quick and easy for me to add items to the Facebook page - so it will be updated daily. I hope you find it interesting. If you like it, please tell your soaring friends about it and "share" the page with your Facebook friends.

  Soaring News Facebook Page
Thank You

I appreciate that you took the time to read this newsletter.  I hope you found it useful.  

Best Regards,

Paul Remde
Paul Remde | Cumulus Soaring, inc. | 1-952-445-9033 | paul@remde.us | cumulus-soaring.com