When Jim Seaman picked
up his new Cessna 172 Skyhawk on August 22, Cessna said that he had
no idea he was also helping them reach a significant
milestone. Mr. Seaman, a Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation
broker associate from Loma Linda, California, is the 1,000th Cessna
customer to enroll in the company's Garmin G1000 factory-authorized
"Information presented during the training is very cohesive,"
said Mr. Seaman. "The G1000 simulator is very high-tech and very
visual. The learning curve is easy because of the integrated
During the three-day training program, each customer is assigned
an individual workstation and a computer equipped with a
sophisticated, Garmin G1000 simulator program. Using a combination
of classroom instruction, simulator exercises, and actual flight
time, customers quickly become well acquainted with the G1000's
capabilities. The program meets the Federal Aviation
Administration's Industry Training Standards (FITS).
Cessna trains 20 to 30 customers per week and continues to
expand the training department capability to keep up with the
increasing demand. The course is taught by 11 full-time flight
instructors whose selection was based on their aviation and
teaching experience and on their excellent customer service
In addition to the factory-based instructors, there are more
than 90 Cessna Pilot Center flight instructors trained to conduct
the Cessna G1000 transition course in the field.
The G1000 system integrates all primary flight, navigation,
communication, terrain, traffic, weather, and Engine
Instrumentation and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) data on two
10.4-inch, high-definition LCDs in all new Cessna Single-Engine
Piston models. These active-matrix displays feature XGA resolution
(1,024 x 768-pixel count) and are capable of presenting data in
brilliant, sunlight-readable color at wide viewing angles.
"I had been flying airplanes of the 1977 and 1979 vintage,"
"Flying my new Cessna with the Garmin G1000 is like going from a
very basic car to a Mercedes. The G1000's advanced capabilities
decrease my workload and increase safety."