The G1000 is like a dream. However the transition to a glass panel can be a difficult one for pilots to make. Last night I was able to fly a Cessna 350 with my student and show you guys some of the G1000 capabilities.
Do you have any experience in the G1000? Tell me about it below!
Hey everyone! Jason Schappert begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting of MzeroA.com here. I wanna take you on a quick flight I was able to do last night in a Cessna 350 with the G1000 obviously. One of the biggest things I realized with theG1000 and the 350 was how extensive the run up procedure was. And between preflight and run-up, we spent a lot of time in the ground more so than we did in the air.
One of the great things though, check this out: the synthetic vision.
I mean, we’re rolling down the runway and talk about knowing if you’re maintaining centerline or not. You saw everything. Synthetic vision flying that thing was absolutely amazing! Helped us so much, actually with our flight, concerning we were kind of a little bit of IFR.
I mean you have everything right out in front of you. Here, we’re pulling up the NEXRAD screen, checking on our weather and know we have a little bit ahead of us on our path to Orlando. I’m sorry that the shot’s little bit blurry since this was taken at night, it was a bit hard for the camera to focus.
That G1000 with the synthetic vision had absolutely everything we’d needed. It was such an enjoyable flight. Here we could see we’re going 175 across the ground. We have ticker tapes of our altitude, that’s 3000 feet. That’s 159, our true airspeed, that’s in knots. The workload was so minimal once we got into the air. It was a process of getting up into the air which really did for us.
Here we are moving through the multifunction display here, taking a look at the map and watching the path, looking out for the weather or anything like that. You could see we’re bringing up all we have to the Orlando airport. We’ll click on the Orlando airport here, and pop up its actual airport page. We can see all the frequencies on the right hand side there, runway distances, lengths and actually that’s a taxiway diagram in the center there with something known as Smart Taxi. It’ll actually show us our airplane, where we’re located in the taxiway diagram which makes it real nice at these more complex airports.
So there’s all your aiport information and there’s so much power and information there. We had an absolute blast flying the 350 and working with the G1000 synthetic vision. It’s important to keep our eyes outside of that cockpit ‘coz remember you’re ultimately flying, or at least in our case, VFR. So, just some things to think about: don’t get too engrossed with the G1000. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery but also keep your eyes focused outside the cockpit as well.
That’s all I have for you guys, if ever you have more G1000 questions or questions about flying the 350, shoot me an email and I’ll be more than happy to talk with you guys.