Cessna began providing customers
with its exclusive Garmin G1000 factory-authorized training program
in June 2004. Since that time, over 850 customers have completed
The program, which meets the FAA/Industry Training Standards
(FITS), spans three days. Each customer is assigned an individual
workstation and a computer equipped with a sophisticated, Garmin
G1000 simulator program.
Using a combination of classroom time, simulator exercises, and
actual flight time, customers quickly become well acquainted with
the G1000's capabilities.
According to Ken Smoll, Manager of Pilot Training, "Customer
response in post training surveys has been overwhelmingly positive.
Most attendees find the course to be 'excellent'. A recent customer
who had been through other courses stated that Cessna's G1000
Transition Course was more in-depth than other courses they had
The course is taught by a staff of 11 full-time flight
instructors with a wealth of experience. These instructors were
selected based not only on their aviation and teaching experience,
but also excellent customer service skills. 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.
Currently, Cessna is training 20-30 customers per week and
continues to expand the training department capability to keep up
with the increasing demand for training.
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.