Advanced GPS Navigation – AVIA 342

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/14/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

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 1: Week 1 Discussion thread (if the student is uploading a file), or the student may share a YouTube or Kaltura video link. Each recorded video must be 2-3 minutes. 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 student will complete various Video Discussions in this course. Each student will post an initial video thread then post 2 replies of a specified word count. (CLO: A, B, D)

The student will complete Module: Weekly assignments within the Cessna/King Course web-based course. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Each quiz will cover the material for the assigned Modules: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain various questions and have a specific time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The student will create a narrated PowerPoint presentation on a GPS platform of his or her choice. This may be any GPS unit from an EFB to an airline FMS and anything in between. The presentation should be a minimum of 10 slides with appropriate references following current APA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)