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learn. It was a toy, and she told me I should get the best
I could if I was serious about computers. I bit the bullet
and purchased a system with four floppy drives and a
$3,000 daisy wheel printer. There were no hard drives
yet. My first hard drive cost me $150 for 10 megabytes.
I thought there should be a way to do a weight and balance on the computation and began to write a program
in basic that would do it. Then I proceeded to try and
sell it. I also thought there should be a program to quote
the time for an installation. I wrote that program in an
afternoon, then another one that would complete a 337
form. Mitchell liked them so much he bought enough to
give each AEA member shop a copy. When Windows
came out, the programs fizzled. I wrote one in a Windows format that would ask a series of questions, and
the program was able to tell you what your cost of operation is for each hour you are open. I was focusing
on other things then and didn't push that one, although
every shop should have it.

During this time period, Loran-C was the thing to
have. Many manufacturers introduced their models. I
sold a man who owned a converted LST military landing
craft a Loran-C. He was in the deep-sea diving business. He had a contract to remove some oil-well heads
in the Channel Islands that were ripping fishermen's
nets. The cost of using a company that went on board
to locate the heads was $4,000 a day. I told him I could
do it with a Loran-C mounted on his boat. They hired me
to go to sea with them to find the heads. One morning, I
got sick drinking coffee made with reclaimed sea water,
making it to the stern just in time. When that passed,
I looked at the list of well-head positions and noticed
they were in minutes and seconds. Then I noticed the
Loran-C positions were listed in minutes and tenths of
minutes. With a calculator on a small table in the rolling
sea, I somehow managed to convert the positions so
we would be able to find the heads. The Loran-C had
two rows of numbers (latitude and longitude), and you
needed both to be on spot to have your location. Try
that with currents and wind speeds fighting you all the
way. Finally, I used two pieces of masking stuck to the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News November 2015

Avionics News November 2015 - Intro
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