Garmin has been moving at warp speed with its pace of innovation and new avionics announcements over the past several years. In addition to introducing new digital flight instruments, they also released new versions of their GTN navigators, the GTN 650Xi and 750Xi. These new models feature improved processing power, higher-resolution screens and were developed to be upgradeable as new features and hardware components are developed by Garmin.
Garmin also released a new training course to coincide with the new GTN hardware, called Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0. Available on Sporty’s Pilot Training platform, the comprehensive course shows step-by-step how to use every feature available in the GTN 650 and 750. The course takes you logically through the features of the GTN system and provides demonstrations of some commonly used techniques.
The 650/750 and 650Xi/750Xi hardware feature the exact same software interface, so the course is ideal for both existing GTN and new GTN Xi owners. The course includes 33 video segments and progresses logically from basic to advanced topics:
After covering how to use the core functions, the GTN Essentials course then moves into scenario-based training showing how to use its capabilities during each phase of flight:
The course incorporates short review quizzes mixed in with the video segments to help reinforce key learning points, and a final review quiz at the end to test your knowledge of the system.
The Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0 training course is available for $125 and includes a variety of platforms, including online in a web browser, iPhone/iPad access in Sporty’s Pilot Training app, Android app access and TV apps for AppleTV and Roku. You can try out a free demo of the Garmin GTN Essentials 2.0 for iPhone/iPad app here.