Garmin has selected FlightSafety International as the “preferred online training provider” for the G1000, the avionics suite that Cessna chose for the Citation Mustang. Scheduled for release in April, the online course will provide initial familiarization training to Mustang pilots in advance of their initial training in a FlightSafety full flight simulator.
Announced last month, the deal also lays the groundwork for FlightSafety to provide generic G1000 training to pilots of single-engine light airplanes equipped with the glass cockpit. FlightSafety said it might develop additional aircraft-specific training depending on demand. The courses will be conducted through FlightSafety’s eLearning training center, available to pilots and mechanics over the Internet.
Students who plan to participate in the training must have a Windows computer with at least 64 megabytes of RAM, CD-ROM and a 56-kbps modem connection (although a high-speed cable modem or DSL is recommended). Courses are held on designated dates and usually last an hour or two, according to FlightSafety. Class sizes are limited, allowing instructors to provide personal attention to each student.
FlightSafety plans to release pricing information for the online G1000 course closer to the official launch date, according to the company. Beta trials of the software began last month. Besides FlightSafety, King Schools offers generic G1000 training on CD-ROM for $249, although without the personalized online instruction. Sporty’s also offers a $24.95 DVD training course titled “Flying the G1000.”