I agree that using the 430 is by far the most involved aspect of training in the SR20. I now have 60 hours on my plane, and am still learning how to program different flight plans and modify them. For example, if anyone can help with some real basics: You are picking up and IFR clearance which reads: “Direct XYZ VOR XYZ 270 radial to intersect V263 V8 direct ABC.” Okay, the program for direct to the vor is simple, but how do you program the 270 radial to intersect another victor airway without waypoints? You can create them, but try doing this while flying, copying clearance, proceeding direct, entering IMC, etc. You can FLY the route, no problem. Try loading it into the flight planner!
Reading the documentation I haven’t found an easy way to do this. Naturally you can actually USE the VOR but who wants to do that?
What I found through reading and playing with the simulator is that you can sort of do this.
Your flightplan reads XYZ VOR > ABC. OK, now the hard part is that you can’t go direct from XYZ to ABC but ATC wants you to follow the 270 Radial to Intercept V8 and then to ABC.
Use the OBS key seems to be the answer, but it is certainly not very clean. As the unit nears the XYZ VOR before you cross, you hit the OBS button. This suspends sequencing to the next waypoint. From here if you have an HSI (according to the documentation) you dial in the Radial on the HSI and the Garmin will follow it. If you don’t have an HSI, you can manually enter the course (as you must do on the simulator because this function of the HSI isn’t activated on the sim)
From here, you can plug in the VOR that references V8 and and switch between them till you know you are on airway. Then press Direct To and proceed to the next point in your flight plan ABC. (Don’t forget to press OBS again to resequence)
Does anyone have a better way to do this with the GPS? (we know we can do it with VOR, just looking for a cleaner way with the GPS)