August 2011 Issue

First Word: August 2011

Forget Checkouts, Now It’s Training

Like Carl Sandburg’s fog, progress sneaks up on you on little cat feet and before you know it, you can’t see a damn thing. That’s the reaction I had when I immersed myself in the G1000 training programs we’re reporting on in this issue. What I was not seeing is how expensive it can be to be checked out on these things. Strike that; check out is the wrong word. You have to be trained.I can remember the first time I was shown a Bendix/King KNS80. Whoaa…rho-theta navigation? How cool was that? Not that much, really. It was hardly revolutionary technology, but the important thing was that if it was in an airplane you intended to fly, it took about 15 minutes of instruction to understand it and another 15 minutes of practice to master it. In other words, it didn’t have much impact on the cost of checking out in a new airplane.

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