At the SSA Conference in January, 2011, Paul Remde of Cumulus Soaring created a video in which he demos the new LXNav Nano Flight Recorder. This device is the smallest IGC-approved flight recorder on the market and, to my knowledge, the least expensive. With an 11-hour battery life and the low price, this minuscule flight recorder should be a popular item among sailplane pilots this year. If you have questions, please contact Paul directly at www.Cumulus-Soaring.com . Click here to view slides from Paul's soaring product presentation.
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Rand is a Soaring Cafe Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief.Fascinated by soaring since early childhood, Rand learned to fly sailplanes while in graduate school (at Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics), and earned his private glider rating at Yankee Soaring in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He joined the M.I.T. Soaring Association in 1974, where he completed his Silver Badge and became a flight instructor. After moving to Huntsville in 1977, Rand flew and instructed on weekends at Eagleville Sailplanes south of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985, he and a handful of other soaring enthusiasts organized the Huntsville Soaring Club at Moontown Airport. Rand chaired the 1996 SSA National Convention and has served as an SSA Director-at-Large, SSA Governor and State Record Keeper for Alabama. He has set two U.S. national soaring records and many AL and TN state records.