Garmin GTN Trainer Update

Garmin has updated the free Windows-based simulators for the GTN/G500/G600/Txi products. Details here.

System Requirements
The following is required to install and operate the Garmin Aviation Trainer:
• 2.4GHz dual core processor or equivalent
• Windows 7 or later
• 10GB free hard disk space; 12-13GB during installation
• Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or later
• 256MB 3D accelerated graphics card or higher
• Screen resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher recommended

Note that the trainer includes all the of updated user guides for the avionics and a guide to using the trainer itself.


Here’s video from a recent IFR flight in the Bonanza from Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle, WA to Aurora, OR (KUAO) just south of Portland, OR.

I was in visual meterological conditions (VMC) for almost all of the trip, but the destination was shrouded in low fog when I departed Seattle. I arrived just as the mist was clearing.

I flew the NRVNA ONE departure procedure from KBFI and flew via the preferred low-altitude IFR route to the Portland area (OLM V165 UBG). At KUAO, I flew the RNAV RWY 35 approach, which provides LPV minimums for WAAS-capable aircraft like my A36, which is equipped with a Garmin GTN 750 navigator and G500 PFD/MFD. (To experiment with these avionics, you can download the free Garmin simulators for Windows.)

I also use the free Beechcraft Performance app for iOS to confirm takeoff and landing data and other important details.

Throughout this 20-minute video, I tried to verbalize my intentions, procedures, checklists to help you understand how I try to conduct a flight.