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engaged and followed the flight director command bars, the magenta line on the MFD showed the first leg of the missed-approach procedure. Simply pressing the Nav key allowed the autopilot to fly the entire missed approach and enter the hold. (In most G1000 installations, the autopilot disengages when the Takeoff/Go Around button is pressed, and automatic waypoint sequencing is suspended.) In addition to handling the flying chores through a built-in autopilot, the G2000 also allows pilots to control the intercom, heater, air conditioner, audio panel, and even video cameras (if installed) from the FMS screen. We returned to Olathe and made a GPS approach to Runway 18. This time,

the G2000 flew the entire approach starting at the initial approach fix. Despite a 27-knot crosswind at 3,000 feet, the autopilot crabbed into the wind and our ground track was arrow straight. “Most of the pilots flying this system for the first time can work their way through an IFR approach with little or no coaching,” Wittenborn said. “We found that to be true in our human factors lab, and it’s also true in the airplane.” After our flight, Wittenborn told a story of his 2-year-old son learning how to play Elmo cartoons on his dad’s iPad. After he mastered the trick, the boy kept walking to the family’s television set and pressing the screen, expecting to be able to command the TV to show his favorite cartoon.

The G2000 MFD screen can be split (below) so that it offers two views; here it shows the engine page and moving map. The PFD screen (bottom) displays GPS-derived synthetic vision with color-coded obstacles designed to increase pilot situational awareness.

I can relate—during our 30-minute flight, I had to resist the urge to reach out and touch the G2000 PFD and MFD screens with my fingers. The touchscreen FMS reinforces the habits the iPad, aera portables, and GTN series have already instilled. (Garmin offers an educational iPad app that simulates a GTN screen and allows users to practice hitting the right keys at home.) The G2000 with its graphical, touchscreen FMS is simpler to use than the G1000 with its multiple layers of chapters, subchapters, pages, and subpages. G2000 menus are “shallower” and allow users to escape becoming trapped in digital deadends—good for those of us who don’t fly glass-cockpit airplanes every day. Garmin won’t say how much the G2000 costs since the company only sells it to new-aircraft manufacturers. It also won’t tell the price difference between the G1000 and G2000, so the value equation is impossible for regular consumers to fully know. The G2000 isn’t available for retrofit. But there’s no question the G2000 is a powerful avionics suite, and that it’s much friendlier to pilots than its predecessor. The company also must overcome a built-in tension in its relationships with manufacturers for the G2000 to succeed in the marketplace. Garmin is seeking to standardize its products for greater efficiency, while manufacturers go to great pains to differentiate their products to potential buyers. For example, the Cirrus Perspective and Embraer Prodigy panels are both G1000s, but the aircraft firms have their own highly customized and branded user interfaces. Although Garmin is sure to offer software modifications for individual aircraft manufacturers, the company has invested heavily in its touchscreen FMS. Garmin is aiming the G2000 at a narrow niche of high-end, piston aircraft. But it’s easy to see how the G2000 could be attractive to flight schools specializing in airline training because they could allow students to use an FMS throughout their training. And the G2000 is more than capable enough to take up residence in turboprops and jets—even though Garmin offers even more robust G3000 and G5000 systems for those aircraft types. Add a touch-screen FMS to the list of things you never thought you’d see in a GA cockpit—but really liked once it got there. Email the author at dave.hirschman@ aopa.org.
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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 - President’s Position
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Hangar Talk
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Letters
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Waypoints
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Proficient Pilot
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Safety Pilot
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - License to Learn
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilot Counsel
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly Well
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Pilot Briefing
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Rally GA: Pay Up
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Budget Buy: Classically Quick
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Percival Provost: Fine Englishman
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Flying Wild in Alaska
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - On Brand-New Wings
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - B-Ball to Biplane
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Water Dog
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - The Bird and the Leprechaun
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Avionics: Pilot Friendly
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Technique: Wind Warrior
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Wx Watch: The Problem with Pireps
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Products: Anywhere Map Septa
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Never Again
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly-Outs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2012 - Fly by Wire
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