Glass Panel Minute

  • Setting Minimums on a Legacy Garmin G500

    The retrofit glass panel market wowed all pilots in 2008 and 2009 with the announcement of the Aspen retrofit PFDs and MFDs and the Garmin G500 and G600 units.  Both companies will argue who came up with the idea first, but in the end, both were revolutionary.  The ability to get rid of an airplane’s …

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  • The Garmin Flight Path Marker

    Instrument training involves a lot of hand flying.  Most of the airplanes these days (even Cessna 172s and Piper Archers) are equipped with autopilots, but it is vitally important during instrument training to know how to hand fly while scanning instruments.  This is known as Basic Attitude Instrument Flying.  This is important for two reasons.  …

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  • A CFI Manifesto

    After 8,500 hours of total flight time, with at least 3/4 of that time giving instruction, I officially qualify as a career instructor.  My journey into flying didn’t start off with a dream of teaching pilots every day, but when I was nearing the end of my college career at LeTourneau University in 2009, the …

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  • G1000 Flight Plan Tips & Tricks

    The flight plan page on the G1000 is a very nifty tool – it can be as simple as point A to point B or as complex as airways, latitude/longitude waypoints and VNAV profile altitudes.  To get to the Flight Plane page, use the FPL button on your Garmin keypad or PFD/MFD. Creating a flight plan:  …

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  • Activate Leg on the Garmin G1000

    In a Garmin G1000 flight plan, there will always be waypoints.  Whether the pilot is flying directly from the departure airport to the destination airport, or a complicated IFR clearance with departures, victor airways, and arrivals is to be flown, something will always be in the flight plan.   Let’s focus on the complicated IFR …

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