Advanced GPS Navigation – AVIA 242

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The quality and effectiveness of this course is dependent upon the focus of real-life lessons rather than simple textbook learning. This course teaches the practical use of global positioning through the Garmin G1000 Flight Management System. We will cover GPS theory, operations, hardware and software usage, and refer to similar equipment models. This course references the National Airspace System and critical Air Traffic Control elements including navigational aids, operations in controlled and uncontrolled airspace, as well as towered and non-towered airport environments. Elements of communication, radio operations, as well as normal and abnormal operations are discussed. The content encompasses all phases of instrument flying including instrument approaches, holding and course reversals, departures, en route and arrivals as well as vertical navigation (VNAV) descents, troubleshooting and malfunctions, WAAS and autopilot use in an instrument flight rules (IFR) environment.


AVIA 225


Students will focus on learning the Garmin G1000 Flight Management System and how it interfaces with autopilot system for flight in a visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) environment. Global positioning is a forefront technology ever improving for advanced standards in general aviation and navigational operations. Safe and efficient navigation in the international airspace system is highly dependent on understanding the theory, hardware and software functions of flight management systems that incorporate global positioning.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Global Positioning System design, current constellations, and its contributions to the aviation industry.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits, strengths, and weaknesses of the GPS constellation and how they are utilized in the cockpit.
  3. Recognize anomalies and failures with GPS signals which result in faulty information for reliable navigation.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of proper programming and operation of the Garmin G1000 Flight Management System (GPS) for use in a visual flight rules environment.
  5. Assess oneself realistically and commit to changing thoughts, attitudes, and actions, as well as commit to not being a “low-information flyer, that is, someone who thinks they know it all or know all they need to know.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introduction

Each student is to record his or her personal introduction. This can be done via computer, smartphone, or another similar device. The video files may be attached to the Module/Week 1 discussion board thread (if you are uploading a file), or you may share a YouTube or Kaltura video link. Each recorded video must be at least 1 minute. In addition to the video thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ videos. Each reply must be a minimum of 150 words. 


Discussion Boards (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the prompt. Each thread will contain a 3-minute self-video of the student presenting the course-related knowledge. In addition to the video thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ videos. Each reply must be a minimum of 150 words. The video can be recorded using a smartphone, computer, YouTube, Kaltura, or similar and the file uploaded (or link attached) to Blackboard.

King Schools Course Weeks (7)

The student will complete weekly assignments within the Cessna/King Schools web-based course.

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions as well as 2 essay questions; and have a 2-hour time limit.


GPS Research Presentation

You will create a PowerPoint presentation on a GPS platform of your choice. This may be any GPS unit from an EFB to an airline FMS and anything in-between. Your presentation should be a minimum of 10 slides with appropriate references. You will then narrate your PowerPoint in a video form using KALTURA and post the video within the Module 8 DB. You will also reply to two of your classmate’s presentations (min 150 words). (This assignment is due by Friday. Last day of class)