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March 2, 2011
By Ian J. Twombly
Flight1 Aviation Technologies said recently it has developed a Garmin G1000 training simulator. The simulator is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Flight Simulator ESP, and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D.
Unlike the company’s previous plug-in products, the G1000 sim is a stand-alone piece of software that runs in tandem with the Microsoft and Lockheed Martin applications. The display is in its own window, and can be shown on the same monitor, or another monitor via a network.
“The G1000 Student Simulator provides a rich avionics simulation, and the flight simulation provides an unmatched aircraft and environmental simulation. By combining both, pilots can learn and master the G1000 in the same cognitive environment in which they’ll use it. They have to manage the avionics while simultaneously managing the challenges of flying the airplane,” said Flight1 Vice President Jim Rhodes.
According to Flight1, “The G1000 Student Simulator is available in a student version for personal, non-commercial use that features photorealistic bezel graphics with functional buttons and knobs. A hardware version designed for commercial use (or for non-commercial use in a home cockpit) interfaces with the SimKits TRC1000 Glass Cockpit. Future plans include a hardware version designed to interface with the Precision Flight Controls Modular Flight Deck.”
The initial version is modeled after the Cessna NavIII package and Diamond Aircraft variants, and features a Garmin GFC700 autopilot.
The student version is priced at $249.
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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