Avionics News February 2021 - 23

Taking distance learning to the NEXT LEVEL
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Luckily for avionics owners and prospects alike,
leading avionics manufacturers were well along with
an array of virtual avionics training tools even before
COVID-19 invaded our lives. And whether through divine
guidance or sheer luck, their foresight has provided
outlets for an array of excellent
on-demand avionics instruction
tools.
" Obviously, as you know, the
climate for training has changed
a lot this past year, " said Conor
McDougall, Garmin's aviation
media relations specialist.
" Fortunately, we had already
been working over the past
three or so years on developing
a variety of distance learning
programs for our customers who
were unable to attend any of our
in-person training programs. We
built our portfolio of eLearning
courses up over the years and are
complementing those with both
online webinars and professional,
instructor-led virtual training
sessions. "
Of course, virtual avionics training has been around
for a long time. Sporty's has long offered a variety of
instructional DVDs for an array of Aspen, Avidyne and
Garmin avionics. They were all great familiarization
tools, but DVDs have their drawbacks. For example, they
are difficult to keep current. By the time the program
is shot, edited and on the shelf, something about the
unit's operation has changed.
The ability to make fast changes is a major benefit

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of online-based tools. As soon as a change or update is
completed, the presenter can alter its virtual training
materials.
While Avidyne and Garmin are, as of this writing,
among the leaders in providing a variety of training
options to best fit their customers'
needs, you can bet the other
avionics manufacturers are hard
at work creating their own virtual
training offerings.
Let's examine some of the
distance learning tools available
today.

THE ABILITY TO MAKE
FAST CHANGES IS
A MAJOR BENEFIT
OF ONLINE-BASED
TOOLS. AS SOON AS A
CHANGE OR UPDATE
IS COMPLETED,
THE PRESENTER
CAN ALTER ITS
VIRTUAL TRAINING
MATERIALS.

PC and iPad training
apps and simulators
As they did with the early DVDs,
Avidyne and Garmin have long
offered downloadable training
programs for computers, iPads and
even smartphones.
Instead of sitting in the cockpit
and draining the aircraft's battery
while you practice pushing buttons
and turning knobs, these basic
trainers help you get familiar with what-does-what
before you get in the cockpit.
Live and on-demand webinars
Even though we're all suffering from a serious case of
Zoom overload, webinars, whether live or on demand,
provide an exceptionally valuable distance learning
solution. Today, both Avidyne and Garmin offer an array
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