G530 Student Simulator (Now Compatible With X-Plane!)
Don’t Just Learn Your Way Around the GNS 530. Master Flying with It.
The G530 Student Simulator is high-fidelity G530 avionics simulation software that integrates with Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D™, Microsoft® Flight Simulator X, or Laminar Research X-Plane. It provides a far more immersive training experience than a stand-alone part-task trainer.
The G530 Student Simulator provides the avionics simulation, and Prepar3D, FSX, or X-Plane provides the aircraft and environmental simulation. You’ll have to manage the avionics while simultaneously managing the challenges of flying the airplane.
The software is modeled after the GNS 530W and is a nearly one-to-one simulation of the real 530 software. Features include:
A WAAS-certified GPS
A multi-channel ILS/VOR with localizer and glideslope receivers
Built-in WAAS navigation capabilities to fly LPV "glideslope" approaches without reference to ground-based navaids of any kind (providing vertical and lateral approach guidance into thousands of U.S. airports previously inaccessible in IFR conditions)
Updateable, built-in terrain and navigation databases that contain location reference for all airports, VORs, NDBs, Intersections, Flight Service Stations, published approaches, SIDs/STARs, Special Use Airspace and geopolitical boundaries
A detailed basemap that shows airports, cities, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes, coastlines and more
The software simulates the features and functionality of the real 530W so accurately that we didn’t want to re-write the real manual. Thus, we encourage you to use Garmin’s 500W Series Pilot's Guide as a reference for learning to operate your G530 Student Simulator.
The G530 Student Simulator software will interface with the default aircraft in Prepar3D, FSX, and X-Plane, or with any add-on aircraft that you’ve installed. And because the software is a stand-alone application that merely interfaces with Prepar3D, FSX and X-Plane, it can be run on a separate PC connected to the flight simulation over a network. When configured this way, the 530 simulation won't slow down the flight simulation's performance.
While there are other 530 simulations available for Prepar3D, FSX, and X-Plane many are merely derivatives of the default GPS created by Microsoft for entertainment. And the few solutions that do offer more realism are add-on gauges that run within the flight simulation—and use up valuable processing power and memory.
The software is highly configurable. Options include:
Maintaining the aspect ratio when resizing the window, and saving the window size and position between sessions
Displaying or hiding the G530 Student Simulator window frame
Enabling or disabling sounds like audible warnings and alerts, and clicks when pressing buttons and turning knobs
Enabling or disabling an “Active Mouse” function that makes the G530 Student Simulator easier to use with a mouse
Com and Nav
Selecting which Com and Nav radios the G530 Student Simulator will control
Selecting which method (Nav or Heading) the G530 Student Simulator uses to control the aircraft’s autopilot
Enabling or disabling “Link Course” and “Auto-Course” functions that simulate GNS 530 messaging and automatic course features
Switching between following GPS flight plans created in the G530 Student Simulator, or in the flight simulation GPS
Move From Familiarization to Mastery
Courseware, part-task trainers, and stand-alone avionics simulators are great tools for learning your way around the G530. But they're just not immersive.
The G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition and Prepar3D, FSX, or X-Plane work together to take you or your students beyond familiarization to mastery. The sort of mastery that increases confidence, reduces overwhelm, and makes flying safer.
Order yours today:
G530 Student Simulator
$149.95 For personal, private use. For integration into commercial solutions for resale, please call us for pricing. Does not include Prepar3D, Flight Simulator X, X-Plane, or computer hardware.
The G530 Student Simulator software will be accessible via download (Internet access is required—please contact us for an alternate delivery method).
Note: To learn more about our solution that includes realistic 530 hardware, visit the G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition product page.
Note: This training solution is not offered in affiliation with, nor endorsed by, Garmin.
- Simulator: Lockheed Martin Prepar3D Version 2.2 or greater; Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2, Acceleration, or Gold edition; or X-Plane version 10 or 11. This software is NOT compatible with previous versions of Prepar3D®, Flight Simulator X SP 1, or X-Plane Version 9 or earlier.
- Processor: Quad core or better
- Video Card: 1 GB (nVidia Recommended)
- Hard Drive Space: 400 MB
- System Memory: 4GB Minimum Recommended (for single computer use)
- Computer Setup: Please note that a two computer configuration with both computers linked via a local network is recommended for optimum performance, compared to a single computer configuration. The G530 Simulator is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
We welcome the opportunity to help you learn more about our products. If you have questions before purchasing the G530 Simulator, please contact us via our support ticket system.