Direct-To vs. Flight Plan on your Garmin GPS

FPL Arrow Full

Do you know the difference between navigating using Direct-To versus navigating with a Flight Plan while using your Garmin GPS?
Let’s summarize the function of each:
Direct-To = Present position direct to the active waypoint.
Flight Plan = Point[..]

In-Depth Review of the Cessna TTx T240

Garmin G2000 Cessna TTx

In April 2014, I had the opportunity to fly the new Cessna TTx for the first time. A derivative of the previous Cessna 400 “Corvalis TT”, the TTx is Cessna’s latest offering of a high performance aircraft with a sleek and sexy airframe.[..]

WAAS In It For You?

WAAS Step 4

In the age of rapidly changing technology it is nearly impossible to keep up with the latest computer, tablet, or smart phone. Aviation is beginning to see similar technological innovation at a pace unmatched in any previous period of history.[..]

Flight Plan Views in the G1000

G1000 Flight Plan

One of the great (and sometimes confusing) things about the G1000 is that it provides many options for customization. One of the simplest options available to us is the ability to change the layout of the Flight Plan page on the MFD.[..]

Garmin GPSMap 496 – Keep it Simple!

GPSMap 496

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. I present to you the Garmin GPSMap 496.[..]

Garmin GTN 650: A Touch-Screen Dream


If you’ve ever used any of Garmin’s variety of avionics outfits, you know that the company has built its reputation on the prolific use of GPS technologies. You probably also know that Garmin products demonstrate a high level of quality, design,[..]

The Cessna Factory Experience

Cessna Independence Factory

Back in December, I had the chance to go to the Cessna Factory in Independence, KS to receive my Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor training. Now, the city of Independence isn’t much to write home about, but the experience I had at the factory sure was[..]

Using VNAV on an Approach (Garmin G1000) Part II

RNAV Approach KWLD

In my last article, we discussed some advanced functionality of VNAV for descent planning. VNAV is typically used for enroute descents and to meet crossing restrictions on descent. In this article we show an example of how you can incorporate VNAV on[..]

Garmin GFC 700 Autopilot and Flight Director

GFC 700 Flight Director

Ever wish your airplane could fly itself? With the Garmin GFC 700, that vision is getting closer to reality. In the past, some GA aircraft have been equipped with rate-based autopilots, like the S-TEC 55X or the Bendix-King KAP 140. Some of these autopilots[..]

Garmin G1000 VNAV Tips and Tricks

VNAV Profile

The VNAV function on a G1000 or Garmin Perspective system is a great resource to assist pilots in planning descents. It takes a lot of the math out of the process. Here are some advanced tips and tricks for utilizing the VNAV function properly.[..]