Tom Horne

A new Perspective

June 26, 2009 by Thomas A. Horne, Editor At Large

Skirting TRWs in WI

Skirting TRWs in WI

I’ve never set foot in a Cirrus Perspective until I flew with Dave Bushman on the way to the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) fly-in, dubbed The Migration. Or in this case, Migration 7–since this year marks the seventh such pilgrimage. It’s in Duluth, Minnesota, where Cirruses (Cirri?) are built.

Bushman has everything aboard his Perspective. Sure, there was the G1000 avionics suite, but Dave added air conditioning, TKS FIKI-certified ice protection, and even infrared vision–to go along with the G1000′s synthetic vision.

Here’s a great trick Dave told me about his Cirrus: Hold down the second-from-the-left and ninth-from-the-left sofftkeys on the lower bezel of the G1000′s multifunction display (MFD). This saves a snapshot of the display screen. Remove the top SD card on the MFD, pop it into a computer, and presto–an image of the screen at the time the buttons were pushed.

This is a great way to save fault annunications, or just capture whatever information you’d like to save. While diverting around a big cell in Wisconsin, the buttons were pushed, and what you see is a pretty durn good look at the conditions at the time. Talk about situational awareness!

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