I had yet another talk with another pilot who was intimidated by the G1000. There is no excuse for this. You don't even need a checkout course to know what buttons to press. There is a free simulator by Garmin always up to date and available from this link: https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/garminapp I didn't even need a joystick. You can just activate the actual GFC700 autopilot via the soft panel keys just like in a real plane. Have it fly for you and play around. Make it shoot Coupled Approaches! LOAD IFR STARs and DPs and Routes! You can practice and do it all just like in the plane. Know how the G1000 Panel and GFC700 autopilot works just by screwing around on your computer!