Pilots packed seminar rooms at AOPA Expo to learn about GPS navigation and flying with glass cockpits. Each seminar drew an average of 200 attendees.
"So many members approached me to request another GPS seminar that we arranged to offer a special second session of 'GPS Approaches, Navigation Databases, and Charts,'" AOPA President Phil Boyer told members during the Friday morning general session. "This response just shows that pilots are finally embracing technologies like GPS and glass cockpits."
The GPS seminar attracted pilots who regularly use their IFR GPSs to fly their share of the 4,073 GPS instrument approaches available worldwide.
Another popular seminar, "Flying with Glass Cockpits in General Aviation," introduced pilots to the Avidyne Entegra and the Garmin G1000, covered the advantages and disadvantages of glass cockpits, and stressed the importance of obtaining proper training on the equipment and using the system to its full capacity.
AOPA offered six different seminars in the technology track that covered using GPS for VFR navigation, free graphic weather datalink services, and the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) among others.
November 4, 2005