SSA2014 is now in full swing. The exhibit hall is brimming with all the newest sailplanes, gadgets, and widgets. Technology is advancing rapidly and nowhere is it more evident than in the exhibit hall here at Reno. With this post, we begin a series of video interviews with soaring equipment vendors who are bringing the best technology to our cockpits and have established a reputation for excellence in the worldwide soaring community.
Naviter is one of the best-known companies in soaring. Their SeeYou line of software has become the standard for task planning and flight analysis among sailplane pilots, and SeeYou Mobile, coupled with the Oudie, has become an essential aid to in-flight decision-making in many pilots' cockpits. In this video, Naviter co-founder Andrej Kolar and Roy McMaster, U.S. representative for Naviter, tell us about some new products and services.
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.