Cessna Glass Cockpit
At Sierra Charlie Aviation in Scottsdale, AZ, students learn to fly in the Cessna Skyhawk 172 with Garmin G1000 glass cockpit training that is transferable to every glass cockpit aircraft, from a Cirrus SR-22, to a TBM, to a Citation Mustang.
Sierra Charlie Aviation is an approved Cessna Pilot Center, a designation only a limited number of flight schools have achieved. More pilots get their wings at Cessna Pilot Centers like ours than at any other flight school. The network has been in place for 47 years and includes more than 150 flight schools worldwide.
We are proud to have been honored with AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards as one of the top flight schools in the country. Owner and Senior Flight Instructor, Scott Campbell (CFI, MEI), has been named as AOPA’s Best Flight Instructor in the Southwest Region, and Senior Flight Instructor Tom DeYoung (CFI CFII) was one of three instructors in the region to be recognized as a Distinguished Flight Instructor.
Our growing training fleet includes new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot. With the G1000 integrated avionics suite, a standard in most general aviation aircraft today, you’ll be able to easily step up into high-performance glass cockpit aircraft while saving money on your initial training.
What is a Glass Cockpit?
The cockpits of older aircraft have mechanical gauges, commonly called “steam gauges,” that include the airspeed indicator, attitude indicator, altimeter, vertical speed indicator, turn coordinator and the directional gyro (DG).
This “six-pack” of primary instruments has generally been replaced by large, modern, glass-panel LCD screens that display the flight data digitally. This advanced technology is called a “glass cockpit.”
As LCD panel technology improved by the late 1990s, glass cockpits became standard equipment in airliners, business jets, military aircraft, and in NASA’s Space Shuttle orbiters, and began appearing in general aviation aircraft by the early 2000s.
Benefits of Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit Training
The Garmin G1000 glass cockpit has revolutionized General Aviation by providing pilots with features that rival those found in the cockpits of many airliners.
Instead of looking in multiple places to see data on round dials and reaching in multiple places to operate controls, the G1000 allows pilots to aviate, navigate and communicate from easy-to-read, large-format, high-resolution computer displays.
Glass cockpit aircraft also contain many safety features, such as traffic, terrain, and graphical weather information, that have the potential to reduce accidents when pilots are trained in their use and use them properly.
At Sierra Charlie Aviation, we understand that going from conventional steam gauges to the modern glass cockpit can be intimidating. If you earned your wings in older aircraft with mechanical gauges, update your skills in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk’s modern glass cockpit. Our G1000 Class Cockpit Transition Training provides you with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to fly these technologically advanced aircraft with confidence.
When you’re ready for Cessna glass cockpit training at one of the top aviation schools in Arizona, give Sierra Charlie Aviation a call at (480) 474-4115. We love to help pilots earn their wings!