Programmable hand-held calculators in the operating forces of the Marine Corps
Reeve, James LeBaron
Skierkowski, Walter H.
Weir, Maurice D.
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This thesis provides usage and cost data on programmable hand-held calculators (PHHC's) in the operating force of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). In 1978 PHHC's that computerized aircraft performance charts were procured for USMC AV-8A pilots. During 1979 the U.S. Army successfully tested and began procuring a PHHC for use by artillery fire directions centers (FDC's). USMC artillery batteries will receive this PHHC in 1981 In 1980 the Army tested and approved procurement of PHHC's for mortar FDC's. In September 1980 Beech Aircraft Corporation started selling a PHHC module which enabled Super King Air pilots to enjoy 10% fuel savings. In February 1981 Naval Air Systems Command began reviewing a proposal to provide a PHHC for the CH-53E. Each of these systems is described, and available cost information in analyzed. In order to do their jobs faster and more accurately, several individuals have written or purchased software for their personal PHHC's. Four examples which have application in the USMC are presented and explained.