The Garmin G1000 is a marvel of technology. Released 15 years ago and approved for use in many light aircraft, the system is an all-in-one with most functionality needed to conduct a safe IFR flight.
Because of the complexity of the many features involved, the G1000 was promptly replicated in simulators, allowing students, aircraft owners and sim enthusiasts to learn and practice its many capabilities. Like many complex avionics, learning the software behind the G1000, and the use of its many controls is easier and much safer on a simulator than on a real airplane.
In the real G1000, several separate hardware components and sensor units are joined together in a system. Data from these units is then displayed on two large monitors. Knobs, soft keys (these are the buttons that change their own function according to which ‘page’ they are displayed in, as indicated by the digital label over them), buttons and an audio panel allow the pilot to interact with the system. In most implementations, the G1000 includes primary flight instruments, both COM and NAV dual radios, transponder, autopilot and engine monitoring gauges. New Generation (NG) G1000’s also include synthetic vision overlay on the attitude indicator, allowing the pilot to actually ‘see’ the runway artificially reproduced, a great help in hard IFR conditions.
The table below lists the offerings from several manufacturers as displayed on their website, as a reference for those considering the addition of a G1000 setup to their simulators.
G1000 panels mounted on aircraft will have some additional analog gauges, mainly standby instruments, and physical switches and controls such as those for flaps, gears, etc. The multi-function ability of the G1000 substitutes the remainder of the instruments and controls and makes a G1000-based panel simpler to build both on an aircraft and on a simulator making it a popular choice.
Some G1000 offerings come in four flavors:
- Bezels that mount on your panel and include the controls and displays. You then add G1000 software offered by third parties, most notably Mindstar and Flight1 and ‘pop’ their displays into your bezels.
- Bezels that ‘host’ a self-contained system such as an iPad, like the offering from Simionics. These G1000 bezels host two Apple iPads which run apps for the left primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function flight display (MFD). This system has the convenience of not taxing your system with processing requirements, which are carried out within the iPads hardware. See our in-depth review of this G1000 here.
- Completely self contained units such as those offered by General Simulator, a Chinese manufacturer, which include an independent operating system (mostly Linux) and displays to simulate the G1000 while connecting to your flight simulator software.
- Software only, not reviewed here, to place on your digital panel and controlled by your mouse. Both Mindstar and Flight1 offerings can be used this way. Flight simulation software such as X-Plane 11 includes G1000 GPS that can also be ‘popped’ to fill into the bezels of some of the hardware we list in the table below.
We recommend learning the G1000 by following an organized guide or tutorial. One of the best books on the market is Dan Trescott’s G1000 Glass Cockpit.
Following is a list of manufacturers that, to the best of our knowledge, sell G1000 simulation equipment. Data is from their current websites, if available, and may not be verified by an actual purchase. Other costs such as shipping and taxes may apply. Features may vary. Contact the manufacturers for further information.
As always, we will strive to keep this list updated and we invite our members to send us additional info on these or new upcoming products.
If you would like your product listed here or to suggest any changes or additions, please contact us.
G1000 Comparison Table
|Simionic||Offered as single panel mounted bezel. Stand-alone practice stand included.||698||Single PFD or MFD Bezel|
|Simionic||Offers realistic bezels in which user slides in two iPad Air (not included). PFD and MFD software available at the Apple Store. Plugin for all common platforms. Standby gauges and radio panel also available.||1564||H1000 PFD+MFD combo and radio panel|
|RealSimGear||The suite includes the G1000 PFD, MFD and GMA audio panel. The PFD and MFD each contain a dedicated 10.4" high quality HDMI display.||1999||G1000 Suite for X-Plane and P3D|
|Noble Flight Simulation||G1000 3-piece flight deck (includes audio panel, PFD and MFD displays). Works only with P3D. Works with Mindstar software or any software supporting key mapping||2450||NFS G1000|
|Noble Flight Simulation||Cirrus customization with separate control panel available. Available with or without panel and backlighting||2750||NFS Cirrus Perspective.|
|Emuteq||G1000 3-piece flight deck, VGA displays. Aluminum enclosure. Compatible with all three platforms. Requires Flight1Tech software.||2922||G1000 available with or without panel|
|General Simulator||The G1K Plus is marketed as a platform approved for training as installed in AATD/BATD equipped flight school||5499||G1KPlus|
|FSC||Glass Cockpit General Aviation G1000 Replica. Includes PFD, MFD and Audiopanel in a Desktop unit. No software included. Project Magenta General Aviation Glass cockpit (G1000), Flight1 G1000, Mindstar Aviation G1000 100% compatible.||7164||PFD+MFD full panel with audio panel.|
|Elite||Elite offers a complete G1000 desktop panel inclusive of flight controls. This system is FAA approved for training as an AATD.||24995||PI-1000 Desktop approved AATD|
|Brunner||PFD and MFD compatible with major simulation G1000 software.||N/A||BEH1000|
|General Simulator||The G1K NG features ARM CPU Independent High Performance Graphics RT-Linux Real-Time OS. Malfunctions and sounds.||N/A||G1K NG|
|General Simulator||G1K NG SVT adds synthetic vision to G1K NG.||N/A||G1K NG SVT|