Instrument panels don't look like they used to, especially with the introduction of GPS. While all the button-pushing can be intimidating, it doesn't have to be. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation has launched its first in a series of online minicourses on panel-mounted GPS receivers.
The first self-paced, 15-minute minicourse is about the Garmin 430/530. Unlike traditional training courses, it focuses on the basic functions used by a typical pilot in VFR flight.
Ever confuse which knob to turn to dial in the communication frequency? The AOPA Air Safety Foundation provides a handy technique to help you remember: "Big number, big knob." The frequency numbers in a larger font are tuned using the big knob.
After finishing the course, pilots will have a better understanding of the basics. You'll be on your way in no time after learning how to enter communication and VOR frequencies, add GPS waypoints, and use the basic moving map functions.
The course also includes a free PDF quick-reference card to carry in the cockpit - perfect for the VFR renter pilot.
August 8, 2005