August 2011 Issue

G1000 Training: Garmin’s PC Sim Excels

Itís simple, cheap and effective. But if you want to be spoon fed, King Schools and Sportyís have better (albeit more expensive) options.

Garminís G1000 electronic flight display has so dominated the market that itís spun off its own cottage industry of products meant to teach people how to use it. And believe us, given the G1000ís complexity, the need is hardly overstated. Indeed, some flight schools charge several thousand dollars just to check out pilots transitioning into the G1000, and thatís after theyíve done computer-based orientation. The idea behind the training products is to give the would-be G1000 pilot the lay of the land before actually getting into the airplane. All of themóthere are about a half dozenódo that to varying degrees at varying price points, each driven by a particular training doctrine. Depending on how you learn, thereís a product for every purpose.

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