|Ballooning has come a long way from the earlier instrument packages
which featured the standard aircraft altimeter and vertical speed
indicator. Our new Digatron DT-34B instrument panel is the state of the
art in digital displays. We are particularly pleased that Digatron asked
us for our input when they designed their instrument. Although they
already had planned on having an altimeter, variometer, and temperature
windows, we would like to think that the forth window, which has a
multi-function timer/stopwatch, came to be because of our suggestions
regarding the importance of timing every flight.
The four display unit is very compact and easy to read and operate.
That is where its simplicity ends. It is a fully functional flight
microprocessor and it is all packed in a small aluminum case. It informs
and records all balloon flight data, taking the guess work out of your
The upper left display is the altimeter and the upper right display
is the variometer. The lower left display shows the envelope and ambient
air temperatures. The bottom right window has three functions. These
functions are a stopwatch (with a lap function), timer, and delta
The power switch has three positions, on/off/on. This means if you do
not have a full charge on one battery, and are in mid flight, you can
switch to your second battery.
This little flight computer also has a memory. It stores maximum
values, along with per flight values, of the altimeter, variometer, and
envelope temperature. It also keeps track of total time in use.
All this versatility mounts unobtrusively, but conveniently at eye
level on the burner support of your Avian Balloon. The DT-34B Flight
Computer is standard equipment on all models.