Here's the simplest way we've found to make
your GPS do what you need it to do.
Clear, step-by-step instructions.
Table of contents makes it easy to find and learn the functions
Fully illustrated with simple diagrams.
Spiral bound for convenient use in the cockpit.
How Well Do You Really Know Your GPS?
face it, the training manuals available from GPS
manufacturers are less than optimal. It seems much of it is written by and for
engineers. They tell you what each button does, but not necessarily the
best way to get something done...the right procedure or process.
critical to really understand all the GPS procedures that can come up at
any time in the cockpit - especially when you are flying IFR. You need to fully understand the capabilities
of your GPS and how to get exactly what you need, quickly, when you
Guide That "Keeps It Simple"!
We were at the AOPA Expo in Hartford in 2011 when we met John Dittmer in the
booth next to ours. John has written a series of "pilot-friendly GPS manuals"
that take a straight-forward, practical approach to learning complex GPS
functions and procedures. He had a selection of them laid out on his display table
and during the show, dozens of pilots came up to thank John for
writing these manuals. They'd talk about which GPS unit they had and how John's
manual made it so much easier to use.
We were so impressed with these manuals that we bought the
company! In December 2012, PilotWorkshops.com completed the
acquisition of ZD Publishing, Inc. We look forward to providing these
fantastic resources to pilots for years to come!
an Experienced Pilot
is a highly
accomplished CFI with over 40 years of experience and is also ATP rated
in both airplanes and helicopters.
writes all the
As a pilot, he knows how pilots tend to use
GPS units in real-world situations and he organizes them with this in
John uses this
broad experience to bring a practical usability and efficiency to these
John regularly talks with pilots and customers and
has implemented many of their suggestions over the years to further improve the
usability of the manuals.
Doesn't it make sense to learn from an
experienced pilot who has spent thousands of hours studying and
organizing GPS operations into a simple manual?
Should Use These GPS Manuals?
New User - If you've recently acquired a GPS unit, you'll find
these manuals the perfect way to get up to speed on your new equipment. They can be especially effective when used along with training videos
that may have come with your unit. The biggest benefit is helping you
tame the steep learning curve by explaining functions in terms and
examples that pilots use in everyday flight.
- Most customers fit in this category. You may
have had your unit for a while, and you are using it on your flights.
But you know you could be more efficient. If you find yourself taking
too long to find the commands or functions you need, this will help. The single pilot IFR workload is too high to spend time fiddling with
knobs and buttons. You need to be confident with your system to use it
to your fullest.
- If you are comfortable and confident with
your unit, maybe you don't need a resource like this. But if you find
there are some loose ends or functions you aren't getting the most out
of, the functional layout of the manual can help you quickly master the
power of your GPS and use it to its full potential so you get the most
out of your investment.
Important: These manuals are
NOT just a rewrite
of the manufacturer's manual. They are written by a pilot for a pilot,
offering a task-oriented format that concentrates on procedures, not
"buttonology". The table-of-contents lists
all the procedures the unit can perform. Go to that page and the steps
are listed 1, 2, 3, etc to complete that task. Simple,
Fast and Effective.