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.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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