January 23, 2009

Preparing to Fly the Glass Cockpit

glasscockpit.jpgI am hoping to log my first hours of flying in 2009 this weekend. The weather looks to be cold but clear enough for me to fit in a flight. The only plane that was available was the Windy City Flyers Cessna 172 that is equipped with the G1000 glass cockpit.

I have only flown a glass cockpit equipped airplane once before when I had the chance to take a flight down the Hudson River to check-out the New York City skyline. After that flight I posted "After spending all of my flight time flying with traditional gauges I expected to be overwhelmed by the glass cockpit displays. But, I found them easy to read and relatively intuitive. I can see how it would take 10-20 hours to master the use of the system but after a little over an hour I was starting to understand where I needed to look to find the relevant information."

That was nearly two years ago so I am sure that the glass cockpit will seem foreign to me again but I am looking forward to giving it another try. I will update you on my experience after the flight.

Posted by at January 23, 2009 6:31 PM

I'm looking into joining the Civil Air Patrol at PWK. At their upcoming Tuesday night meeting, they are going to have a seminar on the G1000. Their 182 has the G1000. Lots of buttons to learn...

Posted by: John at January 23, 2009 10:52 PM | Reply

I might have to check out the CAP wing at PWK.

Posted by: Todd at January 23, 2009 11:06 PM | Reply

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