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We are installing the new Garmin GTN 650 touch screen WAAS IFR GPS in Cessna 485, and we plan to install them in our other GPS challenged Cessnas over time. The first unit has arrived, we re just waiting for the CDI display and the shop slot. Hopefully 98485 will be done before the start of May.
What is the GTN 650?
It is Garmin’s replacement for the GNS430W. No more twiddling knobs, everything is accessed from the touch screen! Full WAAS capability including LPV and GPS approaches as well as all the usual ILS/VOR and communications capabilities. So instrument students and instrument rated pilots will not be limited to airports that have an ILS or VOR approach, but virtually any local airport will be open to them.
For example, Salinas has a GPS approach to runway 13 with minimums of 455′ agl and an LPV approach to 31 with a DA of 200′ agl, Hollister has an LPV approach with minimums of just 323′ agl, Reid Hillview LPV 31R minimums are only 379′ AGL)
Of course, VFR pilots can use it too.
There will be a learning curve, so I suggest you start preparing now:
Here’s a link to the Garmin manuals download page.
Here’s a link to Garmin’s training center videos.
I am looking forward to trying it out!
Congratulations to our own Brian Hsu who aced his instrument rating checkride. Brian had previously started on the checkride, and had to turn back because of airplane problems. This time he had to fly to Watsonville to meet with the examiner, Sherry Diamond, but there were no problems and he earned glowing praise from her.
Well done Brian!
Congratulations to Joe Rogers who soled a Citabria after patient tuition from Erik Schmidt. Well done to both the newly fledged pilot and his CFI.
Another newly minted Private Pilot takes to the skies. Well done to Matt Miguel and CFI Seth Howell.
Congratulations to Terri Griffith who aced her Private Pilot checkride with Examiner Sherry Diamond. Well done Terri and her CFI Jim Grant.
Well done to AeroDynamic CFI Mark Guerrero who added his Instrument Instructor rating to his CFI to make him a CFII!
We are delighted to announce our partnership with Cloud 9 Living who are now offering our introductory flight lessons through their web site.
Check out Ladies Love Taildraggers. Some of our own ladies are featured there.
Another certified pilot! Peter Barone earned his Private Pilot License with examiner Dan George. Congratulations Peter, and his CFI Seth Howell.
Congratulations to Chris Vervais who earned his Private Pilot license from examiner Sherry Diamond. Well done Chris and his CFI Jim Grant.
Another fledgling leaves the nest! Well done Jon duSaint soloed in a Citabria.
A new certified pilot! Congratulations to Thomas Carlson who passed his Sport Pilot checkride with examiner Lou Fields. Well done to Thomas and his CFI Dan Most.
Formation training! We are holding our first Formation Flying Clinic this weekend. This session is full, but email us if you are interested in the next one. Check out the video of five of our Citabrias in formation at the 50th anniversary party
First solo of November! Congratulations to Brady Eidson who soloed Citabria 32G after training with Grainne. Well done to both.