Master Your GPS With A Simple, “Pilot-Friendly” Guide!

“These manuals are the simplest way we’ve found to make your GPS do what you need it to do.”

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
  • Task-oriented format
  • 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

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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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The Manuals

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G1000W | 750 | 650 | 430 | 430W | 530W | 530

GTN 650 Manual

This manual is also suitable for 625 and 635 models.

Garmin GTN 750

This manual is also suitable for the 725 model.

Garmin GNS 530

Note: This is not the WAAS unit. The 530W is below.

Q: If I use both the 430 and 430W (or 530/530W) units, can I purchase just the “W” version to cover both units?

A: No. The WAAS units handle Approaches, Holding and Missed Approaches differently than the non-WAAS versions.

Garmin GNS 530W

Garmin GNS 430

Note: This is not the WAAS unit. The 430W is below.

Garmin GNS 430W

Q: I have a 400W. Will this manual work for me?

A: Yes, however, the 400W does not include comm or nav capabilities (other than GPS).

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