Navigator Systems Division of International Telephone & Telegraph

I was invited to join ITT's Navigator Systems Division as President and Chief Executive Officer by Harold Geneen, President of ITT Corp. in 1969. Needless to say having the opportunity of running your own show was compelling and I accepted on the condition that I could have a new Piper Turbo Navajo demonstrator aircraft built to my specifications. My condition was accepted so I moved to our new offices in Rockville, Maryland just across the Potomac River from my home in Virginia. While the Turbo Navajo was being built and outfitted I purchased a little two place Culver V to commute to our summer home at Chautauqua Lake, New York. This neat little rascal tri-gear aircraft would cruise about 110 miles an hour and had electric landing gear retraction. Flying time from Virginia to New York was only about 2 hours.

ITT Navigator Systems major product line was the Decca UK (England) integrated moving map display for airline aircraft which received inputs from VORs (visual omni range), ground based DMEs (distance measuring equipment), low frequency Lorans, low frequency Decca navigators and inertial navigation systems. The display was mounted in the center console between the pilot and copilot as shown below. It graphically displayed your actual location almost anywhere in the world at any time whereas an inertial navigator displayed and continuously updated your latitude and longitude. The pilot then had to translate his latitude and longitude into a position on the map on his lap. Of course the ITT Navigator had to have the correct moving map installed for the route being flown.

The Piper Turbo Navajo was finally delivered fully equipped as my demonstrator aircraft. Even with all the integrated avionics and two moving map displays plus a conference table there were still seats for the pilot (me), and six passengers. This time I had a Bendix X-band weather radar which was superb, the Collins integrated flight system which was my favorite from my Viscount flying days. With the radar altimeters tied into the autopilot's flare computer and the ILS receivers into the autopilot's navigation computer it could actually make a completely automatic approach and landing....hands off except for throttle control. My first demonstration flights were with Pan American in Miami. My good friend, Pan Am's Chief Pilot Technical, actually drooled when he could see what that aircraft could do. Other demos followed. My three children and I often would fly the Navajo up to Bryce's Mountain for a day's skiing during the winter season.

ITT owned the vast Sheraton Hotel chain. Along with all of Navigator System's senior managers and their wives, we flew down to Puerto Rico and had a week's staff meeting at the San Juan Sheraton Hotel. It was fun, games and actually accomplished a great deal.

The first air line that outfitted their fleet was Flying Tigers in Los Angeles who installed our integrated navigation system in their entire long range DC-8 freighter fleet.

A year later I was promoted to ITT's Corporate Headquarters in New York City as Wordwide Product Line Executive for Commercial Aviation Electronics and Marine Electronics. My flying changed from pilot to passenger on ITT's fleet of six Gulftream I turbo prop aircraft and their custom 6000 mile long range Boeing 727 which had dual Litton LTN-51 inertial navigation systems.

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