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This Pilot-friendly GPS manual for the Garmin GNS 430 GPS version concentrates on a task-oriented format to cover all operations and pages.
Note: This is not for the WAAS unit! There is a different WAAS book version as well!
This Pilot-friendly Garmin GNS 430 manual concentrates on a task-oriented format to cover all GPS operations. The GNS 430 is probably the most popular GPS receiver in aviation and is frequently paired with a GNS 530. The Table of Contents lists all operations. Find the operation that interestes you, go to the appropriate page and view the step-by-step instructions from beginning to end. Get up and running FAST! The manufacturer's manual contains the official recommendations and is an excellent reference.
This is designed to be used in conjunction with the unit in the aircraft or a docking station from Lone Star Aviation, or Garmin's free downloadable trainer on your computer at home. This combination will safely lower your learning curve without the noise and distractions that accompany flying. It also is valuable as a takealong tool in the cockpit for a quick reference as needed. The Appendix's provide descriptions for all pages.
How Well Do You Really Know Your GPS?
Let's face it, the training manuals available from GPS manufacturers are less than optimal. It seems much of it is written by and for engineers. They tell you what each button does, but not necessarily the best way to get something done...the right procedure or process.
It's critical to really understand all the GPS procedures that can come up at any time in the cockpit - especially when you are flying IFR. You need to fully understand the capabilities of your GPS and how to get exactly what you need, quickly, when you need it!
Finally, A Guide That Keeps It Simple
The "Pilot Friendly" GPS manuals are NOT just a rewrite of the manufacturer's manual. They provide a task-oriented format that focuses on procedures, not "buttonology". The table-of-contents lists the procedures the GPS unit can perform. Go to that page and the steps are listed 1, 2, 3, etc to complete that task. Simple, Fast and Effective.
Clear, step-by-step instructions
Table of contents makes it easy to find and learn the functions you need
Fully illustrated with simple diagrams
Spiral bound for convenient use in the cockpit
Written by an Experienced Pilot
John Dittmer is a highly accomplished CFI with over 40 years of experience and is also ATP rated in both airplanes and helicopters. He writes all the manuals himself. As a pilot, he knows how pilots use GPS units in real-world situations and organizes them with this in mind. John brings a practical usability and efficiency to these manuals. John regularly talks with pilots and customers and has implemented many of their suggestions over the years to further improve the usability of the manuals. Doesn't it make sense to learn from an experienced pilot who has spent thousands of hours studying and organizing GPS operations into a simple manual?
Who Should Use These GPS Manuals?
New User - If you've recently acquired a GPS unit, you'll find these manuals the perfect way to get up to speed on your new equipment. They can be especially effective when used along with training videos that may have come with your unit. The biggest benefit is helping you tame the steep learning curve by explaining functions in terms and examples that pilots use in everyday flight.
Intermediate User - Most customers fit in this category. You may have had your unit for a while, and you are using it on your flights. But you know you could be more efficient. If you find yourself taking too long to find the commands or functions you need, this will help. The single pilot IFR workload is too high to spend time fiddling with knobs and buttons. You need to be confident with your system to use it to your fullest.
Experienced User - If you are comfortable and confident with your unit, maybe you don't need a resource like this. But if you find there are some loose ends or functions you aren't getting the most out of, the functional layout of the manual can help you quickly master the power of your GPS and use it to its full potential so you get the most out of your investment.
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