Garmin G1000 Student Simulator Software

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Just how realistic is it? See for yourself.

We designed the G1000 Student Simulator to accurately simulate as many features of the real G1000 as possible. The software already models the features VFR and IFR pilots use most frequently (and then some), and we’ll be adding new features in the future.


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In an effort to be as transparent with our customers as possible, we’ve published a comprehensive description of all the simulated features and functionality in the G1000 Student Simulator. We revise this document whenever we make significant changes to the software. You can download the latest version from the Support Documents page).

The G1000 Student Simulator software includes the features and functionality you’d expect any realistic G1000 simulation to have ...


Flight Instruments

The simulated flight instrumentation includes a large horizon, and airspeed, attitude, altitude, vertical speed, and course deviation information. Navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, and weather information is also presented on the PFD. Everything looks and acts like the real thing, including trend vectors, Vspeeds, a Vertical Deviation Indicator, a Glidepath Indicator, bearing pointers, flight phase annunciation and OBS scaling, OBS mode, GPSS anticipated steering and prompts, wind data, traffic annunciation, altitude alerting, and unusual attitude warnings.




Engine Indication System (EIS)

Just like on the real G1000, the Engine Indication System (EIS) displays critical engine, electrical, fuel, and system parameters on the left side of the MFD. Aircraft-specific engine data is displayed according to the aircraft configuration selected in the G1000 Student Simulator interface. EIS features modeled include a Lean Display. In reversionary mode, EIS data is displayed on the left side of the PFD so that the flight can be completed using only one screen.


Audio Panel and CNS

The G1000 Student Simulator Audio Panel is displayed in its own window, and works in conjunction with the other components of the Communication/Navigation/Surveillance (CNS) system found on the PFD and MFD—just like the real G1000 audio panel. Manual and automatic frequency tuning are available for both Communications and both Navigation radios, and realistic transponder controls and functionality are located on the PFD.


Hazard Avoidance

Basic visual Obstacle Warnings are displayed on the Navigation and Inset Maps, and basic aural TAWS-B Alerts are provided.


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Basic Traffic Information Service (TIS) functionality is also simulated, to help you detect and avoid aircraft generated by the flight simulation. Flight simulation-generated traffic is displayed on the Navigation Map, Inset Map, and Traffic Map according to TCAS symbology, and altitude differences and altitude trends are also displayed. Voice alerts and annunciations alert you to intruding aircraft.





Flight Management


All of the most frequently used flight management features found on the real G1000 PFD and MFD are modeled, including highly realistic MFD Navigation and PFD Inset Maps. The MFD includes Navigation, Waypoint, Auxiliary, and Nearest page groups, as well as Direct To, Flight Plan, and Procedure functionality (including Departures, Arrivals, and Approaches). Flight plans can be created, saved, and loaded.



Automatic Flight Control System


The G1000 Student Simulator includes an integrated Garmin GFC 700 digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) that realistically models the Flight Director and Autopilot. Flight Director annunciations and Autopilot status are displayed on the PFD.

  • Vertical modes modeled include Pitch Hold Mode (PIT), Selected Altitude Capture Mode (ALTS), Altitude Hold Mode (ALT), Vertical Speed Mode (VS), Flight Level Change Mode (FLC), Vertical Navigation Modes (VPTH, ALTV), Glidepath Mode (GP) (WAAS Only), Glideslope Mode (GS), and Go Around Mode (GA).
  • Lateral modes modeled include Roll Hold Mode (ROL), Heading Select Mode (HDG), Navigation Modes (GPS, VOR, LOC), Approach Modes (GPS, VAPP, LOC), and Backcourse Mode (BC).




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What People Are Saying


Better than the Airplane


"There are so many things that we can’t do in the airplane that we can do a great job of in the simulator.”


Chuck Padgett, CFII
Lanier Flight Center


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The Best Training, Transition, and "Stay Current" Product for Garmin G1000 Avionics


"I'm really impressed with your product and support. I purchased a 2011 Diamond DA40 with G1000 (WAAS) in May, 2015. I fly it IFR regularly and I am convinced that the G1000 Student Pro is the best training, transition, and 'stay current' product for Garmin G1000 avionics (including vs. "approved" flight simulators like Redbird).


"I fly my home simulator all the time because of the mental preparedness it provides for planned flights. I firmly believe that if more IFR, or IFR-in-training, pilots make the modest investment in your product, they'll find it much easier to master Technologically Advanced Aircraft avionics."


David O'Connell
Commercial Pilot



By Far the Best G1000 Simulation On the Market


"Garmin G1000 owners and users have suffered from the lack of a decent and affordable tool to learn how to use and to develop automation proficiency. Flight1 Aviation Technologies has now developed that tool.


"Unlike other G1000 learning tools, the G1000 Student Simulator provides high fidelity, high resolution, and fully functional emulation. It is noteworthy that the G1000 Student Simulator provides complete and accurate automation status as the Garmin G1000 does in the airplane, as well as fully programmable flight plan functionality including storage, retrieval, and editing. Microsoft’s basic G1000 and all third-party variations based on it lack both automation status and programmability.


"Especially when combined with the Flight1 Tech Virtual Instructor Station Pro (VISPRO) and Scenario Builder, the G1000 Student Simulator allows pilots to practice using both basic and advanced functions of the G1000 in a realistic setting which enhances learning and transferability to the real world of aviation. The G1000 Student Simulator is by far the best thing available on the market for learning and developing automation proficiency in the Garmin G1000 system."


Charles L. Robertson, PhD
Associate Professor of AviationUniversity of North Dakota


Learn More About the G1000


Garmin’s G1000 is an all-glass avionics suite designed for new aircraft or retrofits. It brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit, and puts critical data right at your fingertips. You can learn more on the Garmin web site.

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