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Switching between digital and analog gauges during training

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I am currently in training of flying a cessna 172 with a g-1000 system the past two weeks i have flown a older 172 with analog gauges and seem to be having difficulty becoming accustomed to its set up even though they still basically fly the same but i would like to know if i should stick to one type of plane while in my training and train in another aircraft after I have achieved a certificate ?

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  1. Mark Kolber on Mar 08, 2014

    It is generally good idea to stick with one airplane during training. You are learning so many things, and in new dimensions, that even small differences can be magnified. I had an excellent student — who became an excellent pilot — who had difficulty between two 172s simply because one was a little nose heavier than the other.

    Even for pilots with a lot of experience, the switch between the round dial and the flat panel displays cause problems (in either direction).

    Plenty of time to expand your options after learning the basics and getting your certificate. Nothing wrong with switching but, as you already found, it’s not terribly efficient, training- or cost-wise.

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