Our aviation world is changing at an unprecedented pace. For decades, not much new happened in general aviation. From the time we started flying together in the ’60’s until the early 90’s there weren’t many changes in either avionics or airframes. It made things simple. If you knew how to operate a VOR in one airplane, you could pretty much operate a VOR in any airplane. (For more on the evolution of pilot navigation and avionics all, read our post, “GPS and Avionics: How We Got Here Depends on How We Used to Get Here“).
But now, even during these hard times, our aviation world is changing blindingly fast. With avionics like the G1000 being computer-driven, a software change can alter how things work with little or no change in the hardware. For instance, beginning with version 8 of the software, the Garmin G1000 now has a new look and feel, and a lot of new capability such as FliteCharts, SafeTaxi, and the way flight plans are entered and displayed—including the ability to put altitudes and airways into a flight plan.
This rapid rate of change has kept us at King Schools busy revising our avionics courses to make sure they match the current version of the software.
We now have available the latest version of our G1000 course that covers operation of the version 8 and higher systems with the new capability, and their new look and feel. If you will be flying an aircraft equipped with the G1000, you’ll want this course. If you have purchased a previous version of the course, we’ll update your old course at half-price—just give us a call to make arrangements.
As with previous versions, this latest G1000 course includes our procedures trainer so you can practice what you just learned. Our promise is that after taking this course your hands and eyes will automatically go to the right place. You’ll be ready to put your new G1000 proficiency to use with a safety pilot.
Although with these wonderful new avionics systems it takes a lot of effort to stay current, you’ll never hear us reminiscing about the good old days when the simple words, “Take us back to the airport” could strike fear into the heart of a student. All it takes these days is a glance at the map on the multi-function display. Life is good, when you have a G1000—it’s even better when you know how to get the most from it.