G530 Student Simulator (Now Compatible With X-Plane!)
Don't just learn your way around the GNS 530 ... master flying with it.
Introducing the The Flight1 Aviation Technologies G530 Student Simulator: a stand-alone GNS 530 simulation that interfaces with Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D™, Microsoft® Flight Simulator X, and X-Plane to help pilots learn to use the GNS 530 ... and master it.
The G530 Student Simulator software isn't intended to be incorporated directly into a 2D instrument panel or virtual cockpit like typical flight simulation “gauges.” It runs outside of the flight simulation software in its own window, and can be run on the same computer as the flight simulation (using one or more monitors), or on a separate machine connected to the flight simulation via a network (for improved performance).
Sophisticated avionics can make flying easier and safer, or more challenging and dangerous. It all depends on your training. And the value of your training depends on the tools you use, how you use them, and how often.
Books, videos, courses, and stand-alone part-task trainers allow you to become familiar with the operation of the 530. But they don't allow you to practice using it in the context of actually flying. And that’s a problem.
Why Simulation Matters
In the winter of 2005, a Pilatus PC-12 with a 530 in the panel crashed while on an instrument approach to University Park Airport in State College, PA. While it’s not clear exactly what caused the stall/spin that killed the pilot and all five passengers, there was a clue.
Investigators discovered that, “the pilot had selected the GPS mode for the initial approach, but had not switched to the proper instrument approach mode to allow the autopilot to lock onto the ILS.”
The 530 features an automatic “ILS CDI Capture” feature. But it only works if it’s turned on, and only under certain conditions. Did the PC-12 pilot simply forget to switch the CDI mode from GPS to VLOC? Did his confusion cause the “difficulty maintaining altitude and airspeed while on final approach, with significant excursions above and below the glidepath, as well as large variations in airspeed” that the radar data showed? We’ll never know.
But what we do know is that forgetting to press the CDI button to switch modes (or simply being confused about which mode the CDI is in) is a common “gotcha” when using the 530. You may have experienced it yourself.
We also know that simulation is one of the most inexpensive and most effective ways to maintain proficiency using complex avionics.
Master Using the 530 by Practicing Every Scenario Imaginable, Whenever You Want
By using the G530 Student Simulator, while flying in the simulated environment generated by Prepar3D, Flight Simulator X, and X-Plane you'll be able to:
- Become comfortable operating the 530’s interface while you’re flying, navigating, and communicating within the simulated world.
- Develop a good scan for flying Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) and maintain it—even if you’re grounded for weeks or months at a time.
- Master using the 530 during VFR and IFR flights between any airports, anywhere in the world, in any season, in any weather conditions, at any time of day or night.
- Learn to use 530 features you might never have the opportunity to explore during a real flight in a real airplane.
- Maintain proficiency flying the departures, arrivals, and approaches you fly most frequently.
- Build proficiency flying unfamiliar routes and procedures by “pre-flying” them using the simulator.
- Practice using the 530 to execute missed approaches and route modifications while you’re safely on the ground ... instead of bouncing around in hard IMC.
- Become proficient using one of the 530W’s most powerful features: flying fully coupled WAAS/LPV approaches in both vertical and lateral modes.
- Practice flying holding patterns and DME arcs.
- Learn how to use Vertical Navigation (VNAV) to take the guesswork out of descending to specific altitudes at waypoints and airports.
- Master using OBS mode and the OBS button to suspend and resume waypoint sequencing during missed approaches, departure procedures, and holds.
- Train using scenarios that you could otherwise only complete in a real airplane (or via “chair flying” using your imagination).
What You’ll Have at Your Fingertips, and How it’s Different from Other Solutions
The G530 Student Simulator includes a realistic, nearly one-to-one simulation of the actual 530 software.
While there are other 530 simulations available for Prepar3D, FSX, and X-Plane many are merely derivatives of the default GPS created by Microsoft for entertainment. And the few solutions that do offer more realism are add-on gauges that run within the flight simulation—and use up valuable processing power and memory.
The Flight1 Tech G530 Student Simulator software will interface with the default aircraft in Prepar3D, FSX and X-Plane, or with any add-on aircraft that you’ve installed. And because the software is a stand-alone application that merely interfaces with Prepar3D, FSX and X-Plane, it can be run on a separate PC connected to the flight simulation over a network. When configured this way, the 530 simulation won't slow down the flight simulation's performance.
The G530 Student Simulator was designed to be flexible. You can use it in all sorts of teaching and learning environments: in an aviation university classroom or lab, in a flight school or airline simulation center, or on your desk at home.
The G530 Student Simulator software is modeled after the GNS 530W and features:
- A WAAS-certified GPS.
- A multi-channel capacity VHF comm radio.
- A multi-channel ILS/VOR with localizer and glideslope receivers.
- Built-in WAAS navigation capabilities to fly LPV "glideslope" approaches without reference to ground-based navaids of any kind (providing vertical and lateral approach guidance into thousands of U.S. airports previously inaccessible in IFR conditions).
- Updateable, built-in terrain and navigation databases that contain location reference for all airports, VORs, NDBs, Intersections, Flight Service Stations, published approaches, SIDs/STARs, Special Use Airspace and geopolitical boundaries.
- A detailed basemap that shows airports, cities, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes, coastlines and more.
- Terrain proximity warnings and Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) alerting.
- Integration with standard autopilots that accept roll-steering commands to automatically fly your aircraft through holding patterns, procedure turns and other position-critical IFR flight procedures.
The interface allows you to connect the G530 Student Simulator to the flight simulation, and select a number of custom application settings. You can:
- Maintain the aspect ratio when resizing the window, and save the window size and position between sessions.
- Display or hide the G530 Student Simulator window frame.
- Select which Com and Nav radios the G530 Student Simulator will control.
- Select which method (Nav or Heading) the G530 Student Simulator uses to control the aircraft’s autopilot.
- Select which core the G530 Student Simulator will run on when using a multi-core PC.
- Enable or disable “Link Course” and “Auto-Course” functions that simulate GNS 530 messaging and automatic course features.
- Select whether the G530 Student Simulator fuel flow and fuel quantity values are read from the flight simulation, or entered manually.
- Switch between following GPS flight plans created in the G530 Student Simulator, or in the flight simulation GPS.
- Enable or disable sounds like audible warnings and alerts, and clicks when pressing buttons and turning knobs.
- Enable or disable an “Active Mouse” function that makes the G530 Student Simulator easier to use with a mouse.
- Switch between teh Terrain Proximety Warning System and TAWS.
The software simulates the features and functionality of the real 530W so accurately that we didn’t want to re-write the real manual. Thus, we encourage you to use Garmin’s 500W Series Pilot's Guide as a reference for learning to operate your G530 Student Simulator.
Before you purchase a 530 simulation, do your homework. Make a list of the features and scenarios you hope to simulate, and then compare that list against the features offered in a given solution. If something is unclear, ask for clarification.
To our knowledge, the Flight1 Tech G530 Student Simulator is the only 530 simulation for Prepar3D, FSX and X-Plane that includes a nearly one-to-one simulation of the real 530’s software and runs entirely outside of Prepar3D, FSX and X-Plane (for the best performance possible).
We encourage you to shop around. You won’t find a better tool.
Move from Familiarization to Mastery
If the airplane you or your students fly has a 530 and an autopilot, the FAA considers it a “Technologically Advanced Aircraft” (TAA). According to an AOPA Air Safety Foundation report on TAA safety and training, the best way to learn to fly a TAA is to start on the ground.
Begin by reading the 530 manual and other books. Watch videos and take courses. Learn your way around the interface using a part-task trainer. Then—before you go flying—use a flight simulator or flight training device to master using the 530 in the context of realistic flight scenarios.
Many pilots skip simulation when they’re learning to use the 530 (and continue to skip it as part of maintaining proficiency) because they think they can’t afford to rent or purchase a flight simulator with a realistic 530 in the panel.
Now there’s no excuse. Whether you’re a pilot, a flight instructor, or a flight school owner, the combination of Prepar3D, FSX, or X-Plane with the Flight1 Tech G530 Simulator will change the way you train. You’ll be able to practice any navigation scenario imaginable—without burning fuel.
Your investment will quickly pay off, as you or your students move beyond familiarization to mastery. The sort of mastery that increases confidence, reduces overwhelm, and makes flying safer.
Order yours today:
G530 Student Simulator
$149.95 For personal, private use. For integration into commercial solutions for resale, please call us for pricing. Does not include Prepar3D, Flight Simulator X, X-Plane, or computer hardware.
The G530 Student Simulator software will be accessible via download (Internet access is required—please contact us for an alternate delivery method).
Note: To learn more about our solution that includes realistic 530 hardware, visit the G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition product page.
Note: This training solution is not offered in affiliation with, nor endorsed by, Garmin.
- Simulator: Lockheed Martin Prepar3D Version 2.2 or greater; Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2, Acceleration, or Gold edition; or X-Plane version 10 or 11. This software is NOT compatible with previous versions of Prepar3D®, Flight Simulator X SP 1, or X-Plane Version 9 or earlier.
- Processor: Quad core or better
- Video Card: 1 GB (nVidia Recommended)
- Hard Drive Space: 400 MB
- System Memory: 4GB Minimum Recommended (for single computer use)
- Computer Setup: Please note that a two computer configuration with both computers linked via a local network is recommended for optimum performance, compared to a single computer configuration. The G530 Simulator is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
We welcome the opportunity to help you learn more about our products. If you have questions before purchasing the G530 Simulator, please contact us via our support ticket system.