In 2008, Cirrus Aircraft and Garmin worked together to develop the Cirrus version of Garmin’s glass cockpit G1000 avionics suite with the “Cirrus Perspective” moniker. The partnership resulted in a cockpit featuring dual AHRS, and new autopilot logic and features. The Cirrus Perspective package is a highly sophisticated avionics suite designed to bring airline style cockpit automation to a single engine general aviation airframe. The Cirrus Perspective includes a Garmin Control Unit (GCU) on the center console. This GCU incorporates the heading, altitude-select, and course knobs along with the autopilot controls and a keyboard for more efficient information entry.
The NFS CP simulation software takes a deep dive into the intricate pieces of the Cirrus Perspective. We are committed to replicating the avionics suite so that the pilot gets the most realistic experience on the market from both a haptic and a procedural standpoint. Having a unit that feels like the real thing, works like the real thing is paramount to simulation training. Getting that muscle memory down when reaching for that button requires a unit that has that same button located in the correct position. How the software performs faces similar challenges. When selecting the NRST airport function, highlighting the airport and pressing Direct, Enter, Enter in the real airplane requires the simulator software to perform the same way. Missing that last Enter is not simulating the real flow and can cost time in a real-life scenario.
The NFS G1000 simulation software was designed to be a virtual representation of the real Garmin G1000 units. The code architecture of the NFS G1000 software was built from scratch and structured to allow eventual compatibility with all major flight simulation platforms (P3D, XPlane, MS2020). The software was organized with each Garmin Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) individually simulated to mimic the real-life avionics boxes. This allows us to simulate failures realistically as they would present themselves in the real airplane. When searching for a glass cockpit simulator solution at home, we understand that providing the most up to date G1000 simulator is of utmost importance. At Noble Flight Simulation, we are committed to simulating real features found in real airplanes.
The NFS CP simulation software is written in an open-source, cross-platform environment which allows maximum flexibility among computer operating systems. It was built using lightweight vector graphics whenever possible to reduce processor load during animations. While most G1000 simulation programs run best on a separate networked PC due to very high CPU burden, the NFS G1000CP simulation software runs incredibly lean and can easily (and efficiently) be run on the flight simulator PC, obviating the need for a complex network based setup.
Increasingly, the FAA is supporting the use of technology to reduce the cost of flight training and is putting an emphasis on maintaining proficiency. At NFS we believe that supplying a simple solution which doesn’t require end user configuration will be a welcome relief. We take pride in solving the frustration of software configuration that has led many to abandon the idea of setting up a home simulator. With the NFS G1000 software simulator, it works immediately after installation. NO FUSS!
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The NFS CP Standard edition simulation software comes with the PFD and MFD displays enclosed in a high-quality graphical bezel. The Garmin Control Unit (GCU) is also graphically represented. The user interacts with the software by clicking the graphical buttons and knobs with the use of a computer mouse or touchscreen.