VNAV with a GFC 600 Autopilot

I recently flew the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza from Boeing Field (KBFI) to Aurora State (KUAO) just south of Portland for system software updates at Pacific Coast Avionics.

The IFR flight was in benign weather, but I did need to fly the RNAV (GPS) RWY 35 approach at KUAO. It was a good opportunity to exercise the VNAV capability of the Garmin GFC 600 autopilot. Enjoy the scenery en route and observe the autopilot in action as I explain and use the VNAV feature.

For more information about using VNAV, see Using VNAV During an Instrument Approach.

The departure was pretty, including a nice view of KSEA, but if you want to focus on the approach, start at about 22:10.

And here’s video of the trip back to KBFI via the LOC RWY 32L approach.

4 thoughts on “VNAV with a GFC 600 Autopilot”

  1. Excellent video. I missed the clearance for lower south of Hillsboro.
    Stopped at KHIO in my 172 once and saw Phil Knight’s plane taxi in toward two waiting matching yellow VW bugs and watched him get into one and his wife get into the other and buzz away. Isn’t aviation fun!

    1. When I create videos for longer flights, I don’t try to include every exchange with ATC. After I was cleared to the IAF, Portland Approach kept me at 7000 for a while, then cleared me lower, and finally for the approach. I do try to include the key ATC instructions and clearances. But documenting every heading and altitude change isn’t necessary to get the main points across.

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