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    Re: Kollsman Aircraft Sextants
    From: Howard G
    Date: 2021 Dec 8, 16:44 -0800

    Hi David

    Loving the information - really wetting my appetite - but new marine sextant is under the Xmas tree.

    Talking about averagers - that is all I know - as an ex -  air force navigator the averager was what gave me the best of a whole lot of single messy readings so to speak.

    Whenever we took a shot the pilot ALWAYS came out of autopilot and flew the aircraft as accurately as possible - I cannot remember how long the averager ran - 3 minutes? - cannot remember - but on a long transit at 30,000 ft in smoothe air and clear sky - the averager was still essential because the aircraft always cycles through a slight roll and bank.

    However, at low level - hunting subs in the pacific - all in a bristol frieghter - ceiling 10k - cloud and turbulaence was a norm.

    I simply will miss the averager standing on solid ground.

    Maybe I will get myslef a Kollsman - stand on the back of a ute driving along a road - just for interest - to see if I can still shoot a good shot.

    Howard G

       
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