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Old Dec 02, 2013, 01:40 PM
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It is cheap and easy to make an audio variometer that is adequate for most applications. Thermal Scout and a baby monitor transmitter.
I have been flying mine for several weeks now, works great.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 05:00 PM
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For thermal soaring it works just fine right out of the box.
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Old Feb 16, 2014, 11:38 PM
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Winged Shadow Systems is now out of business.
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Old Feb 17, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Winged Shadow Systems is now out of business.
It's true!

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-- Copyright 2004-2013 Winged Shadow Systems Home Page --

http://www.wingedshadow.com/

Winged Shadow products are no longer available.

We no longer manufacture or sell any products (effective Dec. 31, 2013)

Although we are not offering new product sales we will continue to provide service to existing customers.

We will be available throughout 2014 to answer your questions and provide warranty repair service. See the support page for contact information.

This website will remain here for general information and to give you the access to product instruction sheets.

To Our Customers
Dear Customers,

I want to thank all of you for your interest, purchases, and support. After many years, I've decided to retire and close the business.

From the start, my goal has been to create unique products for the everyday, average aircraft modeler -- folks like you and me. I've always tried to make sure our customers are treated the way I want to be treated as a customer; with quality products, no-nonsense pricing, same-day shipping, and easy service. You have rewarded us for our efforts with all the business we could handle. It's been busy and challenging; exciting and frightening; rewarding and exhausting -- a wild and wonderful flight.

Thanks so much!

Dave West, Owner & Principal Engineer
Winged Shadow Systems
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Old Feb 17, 2014, 04:33 PM
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From the start, my goal has been to create unique products for the everyday, average aircraft modeler -- folks like you and me. I've always tried to make sure our customers are treated the way I want to be treated as a customer; with quality products, no-nonsense pricing, same-day shipping, and easy service. You have rewarded us for our efforts with all the business we could handle. It's been busy and challenging; exciting and frightening; rewarding and exhausting -- a wild and wonderful flight.

Thanks so much!

Dave West, Owner & Principal Engineer
Winged Shadow Systems
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It is sad that Dave is closing down, but I wish him a nice retirement.

I use his Thermal Scout hooked up per the "Joe Petro" method. This outputs the vario to a $15 Walmart baby monitor for transmitting audio to earth.
It works great; for $65 you have very nice vario.
Today The vario was locating some tiny, but workable, thermals.
The vario has spoiled me somewhat. But I consider it a great safety device to make sure you are truly coming down when spoilers are deployed at spec altitude.

I am hoping Dave sells his Thermal Scout design, as I might need another in the future.

Craig
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Old Feb 17, 2014, 04:41 PM
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I hope they sell the designs to someone so the products can continue on.
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Old Feb 18, 2014, 06:58 PM
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That's too bad. He put out some great products.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 05:49 PM
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I had one conversation with Dave and came away with a very high regard for the man , his product and his very professional manner .
I pray that some one will pick up the product line .
We have lost way too many quality product lines over the years and we can ill afford to lose any more .
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Old Feb 21, 2014, 08:02 AM
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I have tremendous respect for Dave West.
This is what I got from him just a couple of days ago
Hi George,

I have decided to retire, so Winged Shadow products are no longer available. (See my letter to customers toward the bottom of the website homepage www.WingedShadow.com ) However, I will continue to provide warranty service to existing customers for at least a year.

I don't have any plans to sell the business or the designs. It would take someone with electronic, software, and manufacturing experience to take over production. Frankly, with the rapid pace of sensor and processor improvements, someone with those skills would be better off creating new designs.

Thanks for all your past business,
Dave
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Old Feb 21, 2014, 11:29 AM
I'm all about that bass
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Weird. On about 10 different levels.

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Old Feb 21, 2014, 10:09 PM
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Weird and disappointing ..
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:18 PM
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really king of a sad thing...great products and people
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