Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Garmin tips for flying IFR
Technique 2: One Garmin
I learned Technique 2 when I used to fly planes with just one Garmin 430. I also use it when flying with the Garmin G1000. We trick the Garmin into loading a different approach from an airport other than our departure airport or destination.
Once you’re done entering your flight plan, press the PROC button. Then highlight and press ENT on Select Approach. Now pay attention: The Garmin thinks you want to load an approach at your destination airport, so it gives you a list of the approaches. Press the CLR button once to cancel the list of approaches at the destination airport. The cursor will flash in the Approach Selection box of the Select Approach page. Turn the big fat knob (I call it the “mover” knob) to the left and move up to the four-letter identifier of the airport. Change the airport name from KSDL to KBUR, and then press ENT. You’ll get a list of approaches at KBUR. Select the ILS 08 using Vectors as the transition; choose to load only. Say “yes” to the GPS guidance disclaimer question by pressing ENT.
Now, if you go to the FPL chapter and scroll through the Active Flight Plan, you’ll see at the bottom that the ILS 08 is loaded. Key word here is “loaded.” Note that the Garmin automatically changes the title of the Active Flight Plan from KVNY/KSDL to KVNY/KBUR. Don’t let this alarm you. You still have all your waypoints to Scottsdale. If you want, you can scroll back up to the top, change the title yourself and then save it.
Be sure to have the I-BUR localizer frequency 109.50 in the standby slot on the primary VLOC or NAV radio. If you were airborne and a situation arose where you needed to use the takeoff alternate, you’d simply press PROC and then choose Activate Approach. Transfer 109.50 from standby to the primary slot on the NAV radio, and confirm the approach course.
Whether you use Technique 1 or 2, I recommend practicing at least three times to get somewhat proficient. When you prepare for takeoff and organize your plates, instead of just having the SID plate ready and available, also pull the takeoff alternate plate. Word of caution: Make sure the weather at your takeoff alternate is above minimums. If the weather is below minimums, then it’s time to find a new takeoff alternate.
A takeoff alternate seems like a lot of work, but in the end, a little bit of planning and preparation can go a long way to flying IFR like the pros.
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