I am conducting a simple survey for an undergraduate research paper I am currently writing regarding glass cockpits mainly in light GA aircraft; although, do not hesitate to post your experiences if you fly corporate or airline. I have some general questions I would like to ask all of you pilots out there with experience in, or who have recently transitioned to, glass cockpits. Feel free to answer any or all questions as you please. Do not be afraid to elaborate, the more information the better. Participation and information are strictly voluntary.
1.What type of glass avionics package do you use (Garmin, Avidyne, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, etc.)?
2.What type of aircraft do you fly that are equipped with this system(s)?
3.What kind of operations are you primarily engaged in with this aircraft (part 61, 91, 121, 135, 141, etc.)?
4.If part 61 or 91, do you own or rent this aircraft?
5.What do you like most about the glass system you use?
6.What are your dislikes?
7.Did you go through any special training while transitioning to glass, such as Flight Training Devices, simulators, etc.? Feel free to include details regarding who conducted the training, location, and your experiences there.
8.How about training software? If so, what kind?
9.If you were ever stuck with a decision to rent or purchase an aircraft with glass avionics vs. one with the traditional six pack, which did you choose and why?
10.For those of you who are IFR rated, do you feel a greater sense of confidence and security flying IFR with glass avionics vs. the traditional steam gauges?
11.Do you ever find yourself on an IFR trip with glass avionics that you would not normally make with traditional avionics?
12.For you Instructors, do you generally find it easier for a student to transition from traditional instruments to glass or the other way around?
13.Have you had any maintenance issues with your glass avionics package?
Any other information or experiences you would like to share would be very much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to participate in my survey. I do appreciate your input.