Garmin 175/355/375 Trainer

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  1. murphey

    murphey Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Downloaded Garmin's Windows-based trainer for the various GPS units. I'm baffled how to use it. I've read thru the Trainer documentation. I can turn on the simulator but mouse clicks on the many buttons does nothing. Any suggestions? The iPad version works but doesn't have all the functionality of the units.
     
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    I was baffled too, until I figured out that first you have to get the plane moving by clicking up the airspeed and the altitude. (You start out at rest.)

    Even then, I didn't find the tool very helpful. I quickly busted a TFR, and then hit terrain. :)
    There seemed to be no way to move somewhere else, so you could try an approach at your home airport, for instance.
    It was way more educational to go up in a real plane with a second pilot, so that I could try out all the buttons while he flew.
     
  3. smv

    smv Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Set the altitude to 17000 and Airspeed to 999kts and point it in the general direction you want to go. If it is far enough, go get a up of coffee. You should be pretty close when you get back.

    Odd that they don't have a position setting. Pretty sure even the 430 simulator has that...
     
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    jbDC9 Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I think I figured out the position slew; use the mouse to "touch screen" and slew the cursor to where you want it. Top left of the 375 screen there's a "set" button. Hit that and you're in the new position. Bump up the altitude and speed and you're flying...
     
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    I only have the iPad version. I set its location to my home base, gave it an altitude, initial heading and airspeed, created a flight plan, loaded an approach, and flew it. What is missing from it?
     
  6. Chip Sylverne

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    Does any know if there's a cheat sheet for learning the function logic?
     
  7. murphey

    murphey Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Right now, I guess it's the reference manual. All 276 pages of it.
     
  8. Chip Sylverne

    Chip Sylverne En-Route

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    In fairness, the nav and procedures section is only 79 pages. If you have a 175, a lot of the manual is n/a. But the GX had a nifty little 3 page section I laminated and kept in a side pocket that boiled ops down to a flow chart. This unit could use something like that.
     
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    What it could use is a *tutorial*, not just a reference manual.

    Something that walks you (in plain English) through the typical things you'd want to do during a flight, starting with simple things, and SLOWLY getting more advanced.
    For those who are new to the Garmin-industrial-complex.
     
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    That would make sense except there's a fundamental problem and that's that it makes sense. It would require a human to put it together where that function is currently being performed by non-humans. "Engineers", I think they're called...
     
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    jrcox19 Pre-Flight

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    They offer training courses, is that what you're really asking for?
     
  12. murphey

    murphey Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    A cookbook? Such as
    1) Start at A, waypoints X, Y, Z, procedure turn at D, hold at E, end at G

    2) Start at A, use DP (or SID if you prefer) A.1, B transition, waypoints X, Y, Z, use STAR G.1, land at G

    or,

    3) This is what the POWER ON button looks like: (picture here)