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Soaring Product Training Overview
Soaring Product Training is a series of 80+ existing videos, and new videos coming this year, and for many years to come.  They include:

  • Product overview videos related to sailplane instruments and software
  • In-depth training videos related to sailplane instruments and software

I have been selling, supporting and flying with soaring instruments and software since 1990.  I’m a very technical person and enjoy getting to know the details about the products with which I work.  You can benefit from my technical knowledge and experience. 

The videos are designed to meet several needs:

  • Product Overviews - Help determine whether a product is right for you before buying. 
  • In-depth training - Get the most out of your existing soaring instruments and software. 
  • "Spring Refresher Course" – Remind you how to use your instruments and software after the long winter. 
  • Soaring club members - Learn how to use the instruments and software installed in the club's aircraft. 

Access Options
Soaring Product Training videos can be accessed in several ways:

  • Patreon (recommended):
    https://www.patreon.com/cumulussoaring
    • Patron: $9.95/month
      • Access to all the Soaring Product Training videos - including all future videos
      • 1 hour of free one-on-one technical support each year
      • 2% discount on all purchases (Requires payment by check, Venmo, Zelle, or QuickBooks Payments)
        • 4% discount while >1000 Patrons (To encourage you to tell your friends!) (Requires payment by check, Venmo, Zelle, or QuickBooks Payments) 
      • Waive usual $5 handling fee on small orders
    • Patron Plus: $19.95/month
      • Access to all the Soaring Product Training videos - including all future videos
      • 2 hours of free one-on-one technical support each year
      • 1 free flight recorder calibration every 2 years ($95 value)
      • 4% discount on all purchases (Requires payment by check, Venmo, Zelle, or QuickBooks Payments)
        • 5% discount while >1000 Patrons (To encourage you to tell your friends!) (Requires payment by check, Venmo, Zelle, or QuickBooks Payments) 
      • Waive usual $5 handling fee on small orders
      • Free Cumulus Soaring, Inc. T-Shirt (Please help me remember to include one in my next shipment to you.)
  • Vimeo
    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/soaringproducttraining
    • Rent an individual video for 30 days for $9.95
    • Purchase an individual video for $19.95
    • Rent ALL the videos in the series (dozens) for 1 year for $99 - Includes existing videos, and new videos released during the rental period. (Best Value)
    • Purchase ALL the videos in the series (dozens) for $395.  That includes all videos added in the future (5 to 10 added each year).
  • Mutual Support Membership
    http://cumulus-soaring.com/membership.htm
    • Access to the Soaring Product Training series of videos through Vimeo.com. 
    • Free one-on-one technical support
    • Discounts on all orders
    • No handling fees for small orders
    • Free GPS flight recorder calibrations

Rent vs. Buy
Rented videos are made available to you for a specified period of time.  Purchased videos can be accessed any time.  They do not expire or time-out. 

I plan to support the soaring community for another 20 years, so the videos will be available at least that long.  Of course, it is impossible to know whether Vimeo will offer Videos on Demand for the next 20 years, but I will do my best to make sure that all purchased videos will be available in one way or another.

New Videos Included
When you rent or purchase the entire series, you have access to not only all currently existing videos, but also all new videos added to this series in the future.  I plan to create 5 to 10 videos every year and add them all to this series.

Why not Free?
You may wonder why the videos will not be available for free – as they have been in the past, and since some of them are product promotional videos.  The reason is that creating them is a lot of work.  Each video takes about 5 to 30 hours to setup, record, edit and publish.  They are only medium quality video productions, but they have value.  Unfortunately for me, not everyone who watches a video will buy the product in the video from my company.  Sometimes they acquired the instrument along with a new or used glider.  Sometimes they already bought the item from another company before they heard about the video.  Believe it or not, I often hear from customers who used my videos to select their new soaring instrument, but bought the instrument somewhere else.  Therefore, the assumption that the videos are paid for by instrument and software sales doesn’t quite work.  I can’t support my family making free videos. 

Vimeo Video On Demand Business Model - Compared with YouTube
You may ask why I can’t make money from YouTube advertising or get paid by YouTube based on the number of views – like those who do online car reviews. Unfortunately, the soaring community is not large enough to support thousands of views of a soaring product video – so getting paid by YouTube based on the number of views will not work, and advertisers are not interested in supporting videos that have only dozens or hundreds of views.  The theoretical best soaring product review ever made wouldn’t make any money on YouTube.

  • Hopefully you will see value in the videos and buy or rent them. 
  • I will work hard to provide content that you find interesting.
  • I am always open to ideas for new video reviews or training on a particular product.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Soaring Product Training video series. 

Paul Remde
Cumulus Soaring, Inc.

 

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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