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Private Pilot student and G1000

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Some instructors feel a new student should not learn to fly with a G1000 on board - too distracting.  Others feel it can be incorporated with appropriate instruction.  Is there a consensus on this matter among flight instructors? Can learning both be "overload"?

THanks in advance for taking the time to respond.



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  1. John D. Collins on Sep 22, 2012

    I doubt you will find consensus in the CFI community, it is like herding cats. I would recommend that you stick to one aircraft model and systems while taking your private training, so either all steam gage or all G1000. Which you choose is probably influenced by costs and what you intend to do in your future flying career. If you plan on buying a newer airplane or flying professionally, this might suggest learning in a G1000. Regardless, the choice is yours.

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  2. Jim Foley on Sep 22, 2012

    I agree with John on staying with one type, whichever you choose. I do however see many PPL students using the G1000 equipped aircraft, and they are then pretty lost when flying round gauges. From what I’ve seen, it is easier to transition from round to G1000, instead of the other way around. Another thing to keep in mind along those lines is that it is generally harder to find rental places with G1000s, so you would have more rental options by learning in round gauges. And as John mentioned, you would probably save quite a bit of money by not going the G1000 route. That being said, there are also many PPL students that do just fine transitioning from G1000 to round gauges, so I’m not saying it’s impossible.

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  3. Jeff Nunan on Sep 23, 2012

    Thank you both for responding. I’m a new CFI and you gave me information/perspectives that I hadn’t previously considered.
    Much appreciated,
    Jeff Nunan

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  4. n on Sep 24, 2012

    You are teaching private pilots right? as in V F R?

    The main point is visual reference, to the real horizon not the screen, I’ve trained both G1000 and bare bones, the guys I trained in the 7ECAs with panels that were just enough to use for the checkride.. well those guys 10 times out of 10 were the better pilots.

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  5. Jeff Nunan on Sep 27, 2012

    I passed my Private Pilot test in a C-172, but it was the Citabria which really helped me to more fully understand what flying was.
    Thanks so much to all those who responded.
    Jeff Nunan

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