March 11, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
Sporty’s Pilot Shop recently introduced a new autopilot training course focusing on the basics of autopilot operations. Pilot’s Guide to Modern Autopilots is a 32–minute program that uses scenario–based training to cover VFR and IFR autopilot operation.
Available as either a DVD or via download from Sporty’s Web site, Pilot’s Guide to Modern Autopilots takes viewers through autopilot fundamentals, proper autopilot preflight and set–up, and approaches. Topics such as rate–based versus attitude–based autopilots and GPS steering are also covered.
The focus of the video is on the Garmin GFC700, which is only available for Garmin G1000–equipped aircraft, and the S–Tec Fifty Five X autopilot, which the video primarily focuses on in a Cirrus.
The DVD and download are both $29.95 and can be ordered online or by calling 800/SPORTYS.
Aircraft and Avionics
Frustration-free manuals are now available for the Garmin GTN 650 and 750 panel-mount units.
The Flight Data Systems GT-50 G-meter is now available for certificated aircraft.
To help pilots focus on learning the avionics, Garmin on Nov. 12 launched an interactive online training course for the G5000 integrated flight deck.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.