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THE AOPA COMMANDER 112A

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If you like glass,well this is a good representation of what the new present, and future holds. I wont list what the panel consists off,but it is indicative of the new cockpits. I remember in that great move 2001,A Space Odyssey,in it were panels of of a "FAR OUT" nature,back in the 70s. Now I'm flying ,on the Sim, a panel that brings that concept to reality.We may see more of this in our Sim planes. Flight 1 did a good job. .HOWEVER! and BUT!,for a SEL, single pilot,it can be a handful.You may need as much training to use "GLASS" cockpits,as to fly the airplane. Even on the Sim,I found it "SCAN CONSUMING". I imagine in real situations it can cause us to inadvertently not look out.Its so easy to have the ground come up to met you,or fly into an other airplane, when your occupied with knob turning,or button pushing,and interpting what your looking at.The false sense of security will have to be addressed to. In the patterns, around larger airports,your eyes,and the best sunglasses,you can get are equally as important. So to is the practice of IFR,shooting the Glide scope,on the ILS, in VFR weather,around airports, does not insure that others flying, will have to watch out for you,with your head in the panel,and not looking out..Flying like that requires great responsibility by the pilots using those sophisticated new systems. "WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY" VIN PS Wonder what Charlie Lindbergh would have thought about this,I think he would have no problem using it.

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Used properly, such systems so vastly improve the level of awareness that the issue of not looking out does not arise.But I agree, the place to do the learning of such sophisticated systems is on the ground, not the air. And that's where the sim scores highly, at least with some sophisticated addons.Allcott

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