Al Marsh

Think you know your glass cockpit system?

May 14, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Think again. To be exact, think again every six weeks or so.

The glorious thing about software-driven cockpit systems is that they can be renewed and revamped just by plugging in new software updates. I don’t mean database updates telling you there is a new airport available. I mean remapping of so-called “soft” keys and whole new features that the system couldn’t do before.  A pushbutton that once meant “Direct” may now mean “New Flight Plan.” If you own the airplane it is less of a problem, but if you rent, you might want to ask an instructor if there are any new tricks in the system if you haven’t rented in six weeks or so.

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