Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:13 pm
^^^^^^^ Which comes right back to what I suggested some time ago......At "grass-roots" level , GA does not have the spare cash to keep up with ever-changing demands. They see the need for some sort of EC.....Who are they trying to avoid?
CAT flies in controlled airspace when they#re low enough to form a threat to "puddle- jumpers"
"serious" GA who want to, and can tangle with "the big boys", can afford the desirable ADSB solution.
The great unwashed cannot/ do not , by and large, go to any great altitudes and , for them, PAW forms an incredible VFM package which enables them to see the main threat...each other and the odd biz-jet or speed- machine.
I'd suggest that low- power = small range. which is fine for the low-level bimblers, but a biz-jet would not be solely equipped with a PAW and , due to it's speed, need a much more powerful transmission, in order that the bimblers have time to avoid.
Horses for courses!...You don't need ceramic brakes on a mondeo, but they're useful on a Ferrari
Lastly, sale of new products grows exponentially. The market didn't all rush to buy SE1 or it's predecessor
(only 1 has reported so-far a very short life, considering the investment. ) SE2 Is hampered by the uncertainty of proposed developments and the T's &c's attached.(once-bitten.....?) Look at the FLARM uptake. It's been going 5 times as long as PAW and also had the advantages of a completely untapped market with zero competition, and a USP to the Glider fraternity, which niche market, it still seems to be the only credible player.
I hope I'm able to see where PAW is in 8 years time. The only way it will fail is if ADSB becomes compulsory (based on present cost, that'll send all the older,cheaper machines to the scrap pile)
It does a job, it does it well, it is real VFM. ,
As a new product starts to become adopted, sales grow slowly, others see and hear about it,sales pick up pace....until something more desirable becomes available to the target market, or until that market is saturated, thenit's basically a replacement market or a features and enhancement-driven supercession
Observe , car-sales, computers, mobile phones.....even TV's (B&W ...big screen...colour.....flat screen...sound system enhancement....flat panel....multimedia...... Tinfoil hat at the ready!