Hughes Helicopters avstar by Texas Instruments

Date of introduction:  1980 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  5.3" x 2.9" x 0.35"
 134 x 74 x 9 mm3
Weight:  2.9 ounces, 82 grams Serial No:  0053851
Batteries:  2*LR43 Date of manufacture:  wk 24 year 1981
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA (ATD)
Precision:  11 Integrated circuits:  TP0328
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 8.6M Bytes)

This Hughes Helicopters "Flight Computer" gives you an example of using existing products like the TI-35 for other purposes. We know similar approaches from the insurance business (view the TI-58 manufactured for Lloyd) but this one uses a specialized integrated circuit to perform different computations and conversions:

Alt/AS: Calibrated, True Airspeed, Pressure, Density Altitude
WIND: Wind Speed, Direction, Course and Heading 
TSD: Time-Speed-Distance, Distance and fuel consumption
CMP: Computes in the above modes the different values
CNV: Convert between US and SI-units
T: Time calculations

The development of this product was done by Jeppesen Sanderson, view the original product here.

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Joerg Woerner, October 28, 2012. No reprints without written permission.