The two GTN units (the larger 750 and the smaller 650 below it) have been upgraded to their newer Xi versions which are faster, and have an even better screen resolution. The bezel design to hold on to in bumpy conditions has slightly changed, and Garmin moved the HOME button closer to the Direct-To button.
Make use of the free Garmin training simulators for iPad or PC and of course RTFM – Read the flight manuals – the Pilot’s Guide (copy the PDF to your EFB – the hardcopy MUST ALWAYS be left in the aircraft!) and the AFMS to familiarize yourself with the software. Functionality and design of the software are by and large identical to the devices you have experienced so far.
There are still some minor issues to sort out – at the moment VCALC has to be enabled and VNAV is not; we will address that in the not so distant future -, but the units are generally working just fine. Enjoy the speed difference!
Two inflight engine shut downs have prompted Airbus and EASA to order changes to how liquids are consumed (or not) on the flight deck. In January, a drink spilled on the center console of a Delta flight required a diversion. Two months earlier, an Asiana flight diverted after a similar spill.
Hydration is important, especially on X/C flights – but needless to say, spilled drinks into or onto any cockpit components can lead to both inflight issues, major clean-up/MX costs, and aircraft downtimes.
Please be mindful – only bring travel mugs or other containers that can be fully closed, and make sure passengers of yours do the same.
This is a gentle reminder of GFT’s Renter/Student Ops Manual regulation 5.6E, which states “Operations into any field other than paved surfaces (soft, gravel, sand, grass, etc) are prohibited unless prior approval is obtained from the Director of Operations, Chief or Assistant Chief Flight Instructor.“
Soft fields can have hidden hazards like potholes or rocks in the grass, gravel causing prop damage, etc., and mud is the last thing you want to get stuck in during landing or trying to get out of on takeoff. These are all unnecessary problems, and therefore all soft-field exercises should be simulated on paved taxiways and runways .
Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our planes in the condition you wish to find them when you want to go fly!