• Garmin 1000 Simulators

    Benefits of training with the same avionics as in your real flights

On the path to becoming a commercial pilot, simulation is a fundamental resource. For this reason, we have designed our flight simulation centre so that each of our aircraft has a specific training simulator for its type of avionics.

However, in this particular post, we will focus on the Garmin 1000 simulators, in which our students interact in the same way as they will in our Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42, Cirrus SR20 and Tecnam P2006T aircraft.

Would you like to discover what advantages the Garmin G1000 simulators bring to training? Come and find out!

First of all,

What is the Garmin 1000?

We already know that, although we are all passionate about aviation (if you are here, you are too), we are not all at the same point of knowledge. So, let’s start at the beginning.

The Garmin 1000 is an integrated flight instrument system used in many modern aircraft.

Manufactured by Garmin, the G1000 is designed to provide pilots with all the information needed in flight on its two large displays, from instruments to navigation and communication systems, all in one integrated package.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a look at our post on the Glass Cockpit, which will help you understand how to set up a digital cockpit, such as the G1000.

And now, let’s take a look at the components of the Garmin 1000 avionics.

Basic components of a Garmin 1000 simulator

The Garmin 1000 is made up of a set of integrated elements that work together to give the pilot full control of in-flight information. These are detailed below.

GDU (Garmin Display Unit)

This is the ‘brain’ of the display suite. It processes the data from the sensors and systems, crunches the numbers and sends the results to the displays for showing: the PFD (Primary Flight Display) and the MFD (Multi-Function Display).

On the one hand, the PFD is the primary source of flight information. It displays speed, altitude, heading and much more. It is the digital equivalent of the traditional analogue instrument package.

While the MFD is the navigation hub. It displays moving maps, terrain data, traffic information, weather radar and even airport diagrams. It is also used to control the autopilot and other aircraft systems.

GMA (Garmin Audio Panel)

This is the communications hub. It integrates radio communication, intercom and audio alerts into a single interface, making it easy to manage communications with air traffic control and other aircraft.

GIA (Garmin Integrated Avionics)

This unit is responsible for navigation calculations, data management and systems integration. It is the backbone that keeps everything connected and running smoothly.

GDC (Garmin Air Data Computer)

This device measures airspeed, altitude, vertical speed and outside air temperature. It provides critical data for both flight instruments and engine management.

GRS (Garmin Attitude and Heading Reference System – AHRS)

It is responsible for measuring the attitude (pitch, roll and yaw) and heading of the aircraft. It is a key component in maintaining control and stability.

GMU (Magnetometer)

This device measures the Earth’s magnetic field and provides heading information. It is used for navigation and to correct for magnetic variation.

GTX (Garmin Transponder)

This device transmits unique identification code and altitude information to air traffic control radar systems. It is essential for maintaining separation and ensuring safe traffic management.

GMC/GCU (Garmin Mode Controller/Garmin Control Unit)

These controllers allow pilots to interact with the Garmin 1000 system, entering data and making selections.

Engine sensors and systems

Various sensors monitor engine parameters, aircraft fuel levels, electrical and hydraulic systems, and more. This data is displayed on the screens, providing an overview of the aircraft’s status.

Benefits of training on a Garmin 1000 simulator

Training on Garmin 1000 simulators, or on any type of simulator for that matter, brings numerous advantages to pilot training. Here are just a few of them:


Simulators reproduce real flight conditions, allowing pilots to practice on the ground as if they were in the air.

Specifically, our Garmin 1000 simulators provide a perfect adaptation to the G1000 avionics that equip our aircraft, recreating the procedures to be used in the real aircraft and offering a totally immersive experience.


Simulated training allows you to learn how to handle emergency situations and complex procedures in a 100% safe environment.


Simulated flight is not subject to inclement weather; what’s more, G1000 simulators use state-of-the-art technology to recreate real-time weather, with fully photorealistic UHD scenarios.

In addition, our simulators are linked between stations to provide multi-pilot roles and simulate traffic between connected students.

Some Technical Features of our Garmin 1000 Simulators

✓ Glass Cockpit Screen Display: One Primary Flight Display (PFD) and one Multi-function Display (MFD), both showing all viewing angles, with high-brightness displays, readable in all lighting conditions and with the highest resolution in their category (1024 × 768).

✓ PFD/MFD Reversionary Mode: For training purposes or in the unlikely event of one of the screens malfunctioning. All information and engine data on the PFD are completely interchangeable.

✓ Traffic: Integrated Mode S with Traffic Information System (TIS).

✓ Terrain mapping: Includes a topographical map displaying the terrain and artificial obstacles, visualising the aircraft position above the ground on a colour scale. Security is increased substantially by providing data on our location over the ground.

✓ Weather: Flight Information System (FIS) with XM Radio.

✓ Digital Audio Panel: Includes three COM options, two NAV controls, Crew/Pilot isolation system with intercom capability, DME, ADF, HF, satellite radio, peripheral equipment and recording capacity.

✓ AHRS: Attitude and Heading Reference System. It can be initiated in any situation with maximum precision.

✓ Three-axis magnetometer: Provides complete three-axis data on the magnetic field at any aircraft attitude.

✓ Added security systems: Redesigned electrical system with extra backup battery and backup instrument system (anemometer, altimeter and attitude indicator) with engine-operated vacuum pump.

✓ EIS: Engine Indication System, which displays all the basic data related to the engine, such as fuel, vacuum pressure and electronics information, providing visual and voice alerts.

✓ ADC: Air Data Computer, which displays data such as TAS, CAS, VSI, TAT, wind direction and speed.

Have you ever trained in a Garmin 1000 simulator?

As you have seen in this post, understanding the components of this type of advanced avionics and mastering its capabilities will bring you a little closer to your goal of flying.

In our school, we are very aware of the type of technology present in a real cockpit, so we try that our students enjoy a complete training and 100% adapted to the current requirements in airlines.

The Garmin 1000 simulators are your gateway to modern aviation, and ultimately what will lead you to work in the cockpit of an airliner.

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