Ian Twombly

Pitching their products

April 11, 2008 by Ian J. Twombly, Associate Editor

If nothing else, Sun ‘n Fun and other shows throughout the year are a great place for me to meet the fledgling entrepreneur. Thus far I’ve spoken to three different pilots (and members) who are working on the next big thing in aviation. The most amazing part–each is trying to break into a flooded section of the industry.

But I give these folks a huge amount of credit. Good product or bad, they have poured their heart and soul (and money) into these products. In most cases, they simply have a love affair with aviation and they hope to make a little cash in the process. What’s better than doing what you love and getting paid for it, after all?

Without question, all three seem to good ideas. One is already live, and I think, a great product. The other two are in the development stage, but I think they’ll have some success.

Anyway, check out navmonster.com. It’s a new flight planning site that has features I haven’t seen elsewhere. The usual suspects are there, including fuel prices, charts, and weather. But the interface is very clever and easy to use. It’s free, and there’s no log-in.

The other two are in concept, so I can’t say much about them, other than that they seem to be on their way. No matter, it was great to spend the day with pilots who are so passionate about what they do that they decided to devote their lives to it and try and make a buck. Good luck.

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One Response to “Pitching their products”

  1. Matthew J Says:

    I have used NavMonster.com and it is a great site. I agree with your write-up they are “on their way” and I think the product really fills a gap in the online flight planning world! I really like the work that was done on the wind aloft calculator and Google map integration.

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