Advanced Solutions for Flight Simulation


Selecting and Flying the G1000 for MSFS
 Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator, then select a flight


Important Usage Instructions: (PLEASE DON'T SKIP READING THIS!)

1 When the G1000 warm-up sequence is complete, the MFD "splash screen" must be "accepted" before the MFD is ready for use.  Accept the splash screen by either clicking the rightmost softkey on the MFD, or by clicking the "ENT" (Enter) key on the MFD. 
2 The G1000 now has flight-planning capability built-in, allowing you to enter your entire flight plan directly from the G1000 screens (PFD and MFD).  All flight planning (including direct-to navigation) should be entered directly from the G1000.  However, there is a known conflict between the G1000 and Microsoft's built-in Flight Planner and "file IFR enroute" functions.  If you try to activate these Microsoft functions when flying an aircraft equipped with the G1000, the simulator will likely crash.  Do not try to mix flight planning between the two methods, preferably sticking to the G1000 itself for all your flight planning needs when flying an aircraft equipped with the G1000 system.   You can save flight plans inside the G1000 for retreival in a later flight.
3 Both the MFD and PFD can be enlarged from their "natural" positions on the Cessna panel, making it easier to see certain details in the display.  The enlarged (Zoomed) panel is activated by clicking in the center of the PFD, or in the engine section of the MFD.   Note that you may experience a small decrease in frame rates when utilizing the larger display of one or both of the G1000 Display Units. 
4 While we are striving to simulate all variations of the G1000 Integrated Avionics suite, the real-world G1000 may contains some functions that are not yet implemented in our panel for Flight Simulator, and you also may find functions implemented in our G1000 that have not yet been installed in your particular real-world aircraft.  Nevertheless, the Garmin G1000 documentation is a good place to start regarding learning how to use the system.
5 In this simulation, there are two different ways to turn the knobs displayed on the G1000 units.

Preferred Method - Mouse Wheel 

By far, the easiest way to operate the G1000 knobs is to simply hover your mouse pointer over one of the large mouse-wheel regions defined over and around each knob, and roll the mouse's scroll wheel.  (See red circles in the picture below). 

When you use this method, you do not have to click on a specific increase(+) or decrease (-) area.  Instead, you can simply hover your mouse over the center of a knob and then roll the mouse wheel up or down to rotate the knob.  If the control has both an "inner" and "outer" knob, the outer knob is controlled in this same way by hovering your mouse pointer outside the perimeter of the knob and roll the mouse wheel to turn the outer knob.   (Pushing a knob that also has push capability is accomplished by simply clicking on the center of the knob).


Alternate Method - Mouse Click

The other method you can use is to attempt to click on "click regions" designated for "increase" or "decrease" functions for each knob.  Due to the limited space on the G1000 screen, this method is often more difficult than the simple mouse wheel method described above, but it's the only way when you don't have a mouse wheel.  All dual-axis knobs use the click pattern shown below, while single-axis knobs use just the boxes designated INR (inner). 

6 ***** Important Note *****
When using the G1000, you SHOULD NOT attempt to view Microsoft Flight Simulator's "Navigation Log" when you have loaded a flight plan through the G1000 functions, and you SHOULD NOT attempt to "file IFR enroute" using the simulator's communications options. There is a conflict between the G1000's flight-planning functions and Microsoft's Navigation Log and flight planning functions, and this conflict results in a crash of the simulator program if you attempt to use these Microsoft functions in a G1000-equipped aircraft.  Instead, you should simply enter all the information either exclusively from the G1000 or exclusively from Microsoft's Flight Planner.  We have reported the issue to Microsoft and as soon as a workaround is available to us, we will make it available to you.  At this time, to the best of our knowledge, these are the only conflicts between the simulator and the G1000
Get G1000 system documentation from >  
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