Thanks for the response. I guess by "outsource", I simply meant having it done elsewhere (besides at my place of business). I can see where overseas would be a major disadvantage.
Great tips on the software - that is along the lines of what I was thinking.
I hope it is an interesting venture!
Unless you want to develop an online business that compiles and sells all the best that is available for aviation education,(Which is a great idea in and of itself) I would highly recommend you concentrate on your best and most simple product to get your ball rolling.
I too have dozens of product design and marketing ideas, but I can`t give the necessary effort needed to all of them so I concentrate on a couple at a time.
As far as getting something manufactured, if you have a protected product idea, I like to take it to a company that already specializes in similar products and could benefit directly from its production and sale. They can help witht the expense of production. Work out a licensensing agreement and you are on your way.
Have fun with it!
Thanks for the reply. I have also toyed with the idea of simply putting together an e-commerce site to sell aviation education products that I felt were really worth having. Higher quality, I guess you might say. I wonder if there is a decent market for something like this that focuses strictly on the educational side of aviation and not so much the other "toys".
Yeah, They exist, but I haven`t seen any really comprehensive and appealing 1 stop all aviation education resource where you could get just about anything as it appeals to the education behind flying aircraft. A place where you could find anything you could want from a book to a lap clipboard to a pen light, to a training hood, to a map, to software, to an instrument decal, to a......you get the picture..
www.asa2fly.com is OK but it could be so much better.
www.studentpilot.com/ is great and has a chat room but the products section is a redirect to a huge shopping mall. www.pilotmall.com and deals with far more than the straightforward education of pilots.
It`s not hard to find them out there but maybe you have a better plan. I say go for it. Take it to the next level.