Cumulus Soaring always has an impressive number and variety of products on display at every SSA convention, and this year was no exception. Their booth was a veritable smorgasbord of soaring goodies—and this makes is hard to focus on just a few, which is all we have time for in a typical interview. Convention attendees could attend Paul's 50-minute presentation on new soaring products (which always draws a big crowd), but we asked him to select a few gems from his collection to share with our Café audience. I think he did a great job showcasing five new products that appeal to a large segment of active soaring pilots.
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.