Ride along on this typical IFR flight from Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle to visit Pacific Coast Avionics at Aurora, OR (KUAO), south of Portland. The video (link below) includes ATC communications and shows the rhythm of a typical IFR flight: Clearance, Takeoff and Departure, Enroute, Descent, and Approach.

As you’ll see in the video, I filed a preferred route used for low-altitude IFR traffic between the Seattle and Portland areas. I also pass along tips for copying IFR clearances and ATIS/AWOS information.

Leaving KBFI, I flew the NRVNA ONE departure, an RNAV procedure. At KUAO, I flew the RNAV (GPS) RWY 35 approach to get below a solid cloud layer that topped out at around 4000 ft.

I hope you enjoy the views of cloud surfing along the way as I use the Garmin G500 TXi, GTN 750Xi, and GFC 600 autopilot.

Video of the return flight from KUAO to KPWT (for fuel) is here.

Garmin PC Trainer Suite Update

Garmin has updated the free the PC Trainer Suite for GTN, G500/G600 TXi, GDU 620, GNX 375, GNC 355/355A, and GPS 175. You can find the new download here.

Note that the date on the web page is January 4, 2020; it should be 2021.

The PC Trainer Suite is a great tool for learning about, teaching, and practicing with Garmin’s latest panel-mount avionics for light GA aircraft. The key display elements and logic for navigating, flying procedures, etc. is essentially the same across the Garmin line, so this trainer can also help you teach about and learn the G1000, G5, and various panel-mount GPS navigators.

The web page shows the updates and system requirements for this version, which includes navigation/procedure/chart databases from May 2020.