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AVIONICS
Grant Wittenborn, a company flight test engineer, patiently led me through the process. The first thing pilots are sure to notice is the significantly larger display size of the 14-inch screens. Equally noticeable is the improved screen resolution that comes from a higher pixel count, and improved map drawing software allows for a refresh rate the company says is five times faster than the G1000. The touchscreen FMS uses many of the same symbols as the GTN series (and Garmin’s aera line of portables), so it’s not intimidating for first-time users familiar with other Garmin equipment. “Just touch what you want to change,” Wittenborn said as we prepared to launch from Runway 18 at New Century Airport (IXD), the company’s home base in Olathe, Kansas. A high overcast allowed for good VFR conditions, but not for long as a rain-, snow-, and lightningfilled winter weather system approached from the southwest. I used the dual concentric knob to enter the ATIS and ground control frequencies (sorry, old habit), and then switched to the touchscreen for tower and all other radio tuning. Entering a flight plan was straightforward (the system uses an alphabetical keypad instead of a QWERTY keyboard), and a series of magenta and white course lines appeared on the MFD. We had decided in advance to use the autopilot as much as possible and focus on programming the G2000 during the flight. So I preselected 3,000 feet as a target altitude and set Wichita’s MidContinent International Airport (ICT) as the destination. Pressing the Takeoff/ Go Around button on the throttle lever brought up the flight director bars, and once we were airborne and climbing, a single touch of the AP button on the autopilot control panel allowed the magic to take over flying duties. A single press of the Nav button put us directly on course. Even though the G2000 is a two-screen system, a split-screen function on the MFD allows it to behave like a threescreen system. I split the MFD between the moving map (with XM weather that showed the colorful weather blob headed our way) and a georeferenced approach plate (showing the ILS approach to Runway 19L at ICT). Entering the approach was a simple matter of touching the Procedure key, selecting the approach, then loading
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A split-screen multifunction display (MFD) allows the G2000 to show as much information as a three-screen system. The MFD (top) displays a moving map as well as a georeferenced approach plate. The satellite datalink overlays XM weather on the full-screen moving map (above).

and activating it—the exact same steps introduced more than a decade ago on the GNS 430/530 series. Wittenborn was unusually quiet in the right seat and, rather than provide step-by-step instructions, he showed off the intuitive nature of the new system by assigning tasks and letting me find my way through them. Our first change of plans came when, instead of continuing to ICT, Wittenborn said to divert to nearby Ottawa, Kansas (OWI), and set up for a GPS approach to Runway 17 using vectors to final. Unlike the G1000 (and GNS 430/530) which removes all but the initial and final approach fixes from the MFD screen once an approach is activated, the G2000 preserves the intermediate intersections. I put the autopilot in heading mode and

armed the approach—and the autopilot information was displayed at the top of the PFD screen, just as on the G1000. We intercepted the final approach course at a sharp, 60-degree angle and the airplane rolled out precisely on course. Then the autopilot collected the WAAS GPS glideslope and flew smoothly and precisely down to our preset minimum descent altitude while I jockeyed the throttle and set the prop, mixture, and flaps for landing. An aural warning system gave audible callouts at 500 feet and upon reaching minimums. There, as briefed, we executed the missed approach—and the G2000 made this normally hectic phase of flight remarkably sedate. I simply pressed the go-around button and advanced the throttle. The autopilot remained

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012

AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012
Contents
President’s Position
Hangar Talk
AOPA Media
AOPA Action
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
Safety Pilot
License to Learn
Pilot Counsel
Fly Well
Pilot Briefing
Rally GA: Pay Up
Budget Buy: Classically Quick
Percival Provost: Fine Englishman
Flying Wild in Alaska
On Brand-New Wings
B-Ball to Biplane
2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Water Dog
The Bird and the Leprechaun
Avionics: Pilot Friendly
Technique: Wind Warrior
Wx Watch: The Problem with Pireps
Products: Anywhere Map Septa
Never Again
Fly-Outs
Fly by Wire
Pilots
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 1
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Contents
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 3
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - President’s Position
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 5
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Hangar Talk
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 7
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 8
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - AOPA Media
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 11
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - AOPA Action
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Letters
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 21
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 22
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 23
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Waypoints
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 25
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Proficient Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 27
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Safety Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 29
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - License to Learn
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 31
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilot Counsel
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 33
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly Well
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 35
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilot Briefing
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 37
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 38
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 39
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 40
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Rally GA: Pay Up
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 42
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 43
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Budget Buy: Classically Quick
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 45
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 46
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 48
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 49
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 50
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 51
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Percival Provost: Fine Englishman
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 53
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 54
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 55
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 56
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 57
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Flying Wild in Alaska
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 59
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 60
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 61
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 62
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 63
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - On Brand-New Wings
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 65
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 68
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 69
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 70
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 71
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - B-Ball to Biplane
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 73
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 74
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 75
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Water Dog
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 77
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 78
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 79
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 80
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 81
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - The Bird and the Leprechaun
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 83
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 84
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 85
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 86
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 87
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 88
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Avionics: Pilot Friendly
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 90
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 91
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 92
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Technique: Wind Warrior
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 94
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 95
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 96
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Wx Watch: The Problem with Pireps
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - I1
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - I2
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 98
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 99
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 100
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Products: Anywhere Map Septa
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 102
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 103
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Never Again
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 105
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 106
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly-Outs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly by Wire
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 109
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 111
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilots
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