June 8 (Sat) 12pm - Activating the Approach: what, why, and how?

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

GPS is a wonderful tool for instrument flying, but sometimes it can be tricky. Is my approach loaded? Is it activated? This is something you really need to know!

First-generation approach-certified GPS units required a specific action on the part of the pilot to place them into approach mode. That action, along with some of the buttons that used to be on IFR-certified GPS units, are missing from the latest generation devices. What replaced them? It's easy for pilots to experience "mode confusion" regarding the approach status of the GPS. Is the approach loaded? Is it active? When and where do I check?

In this seminar, SCFC’s in-house instrument expert Brian Eliot will cover the procedures an IFR pilot needs to take to safely manage a GPS approach. If you are an IFR pilot and plan to use GPS approaches, join us for this informative seminar.


Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation thought safety, community, and adventure.  AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2018 as the best flight school in the West.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminar and guest speaker programs.  Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early.  SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home, or recorded at a later date.  Contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access.