Prop & Spinner: The G1000
This week the two of us have decided to talk about the flagship of the Garmin aviation products, the G1000 integrated cockpit system. The G1000 has popped up in just about everything from the Embraer Phenom to the Cessna 172. The G1000 builds on the GNS 530 system by keeping the familiar page grouping. While the displays are not the largest ones flying (these probably are), the G1000’s displays are some of the largest seen in general aviation. Another neat feature of the G1000 is the use of soft keys across the bottom of the displays. The soft keys allow shortcuts for normal operations or commonly used options.
One example is the loading of an approach into an airport. Usually you have to press several keys and move the knob to get the approach that you want. With the G1000, loading an approach is simple. Once you press the FPL button three soft keys appear at the bottom and one of those key has a LD APR above it. You will press the LD APR button, select the approach that you want, load it into the flight plan and you are done. Loading an approach takes less time to enter than you reading our explanation of the process.
P.S. If you have not made plans yet, EAA’s AirVenture is only 2 month away. If you do plan to come to Oshkosh, be sure to come by the Garmin booth!
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