Glass Panel transtion
I bit the bullet.  Along with my ADS-B upgrade, I'm tearing the entire panel out of my Baron and replacing it with a 750/650 stack and a 500txi glass panel.  Current nav config is a 430 and Avidyne MFD, but traditional 6 pack, with HSI, etc. 

I have 30 years and thousands of hours behind steam gauges.  I'm not too worried about flying VFR until I get the hang of it, but are there any better methods?  I haven't checked Flight Safety or SimComs panels yet, but that's an option.
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Ronald Levy
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You'll certainly want some transition training with the new system.  There are several places you can go to learn the 650/750 on the ground before flight training, including:

https://www.kingschools.com/avionics-courses/garmin/gtn-650-750
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/learning-center/gtn-series
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/521995/pn/AVNE-GM765P-A1
https://www.flighttrainingapps.com/portfolio/instrument-pilot-app-2/

But having trained people on new-to-them avionics for IFR operations, I can say for sure that ground training alone isn't sufficient.  You'll want to find an instructor with experience with those systems to fly a couple-three times with you.  No doubt there are several sources for such training, but one place which can help is the outfit for which I work -- Professional Instrument Courses.  See their web page www.iflyifr.com or call them at 800-I-FLY-IFR for more.
Thanks Ron.  I'll dig through the links and see if one feels right.  Your note and the links appear to be focused on the new GPS units.  I find it amazing that I've literally flown behind the 430/530 for their entire life cycle.  I bought my first 430 a year or so after it came out.  I flew a mono-chrome garmin gps prior to that, but forget it's model number now.  Must have been in the early 90s.  Also the old King KLN90B,  From friends that have made the change, I feel pretty good about the gps navigator.  I'll bet the issue there is an endless number of extra features I'll take a lifetime to even know exist. 

It's the 500txi that I'm more focused on.  I've never flown behind a glass horizon and speed/alt/vs tape.  I'm hyper focused on the red and blue line depiction, for starters.  I hope they are as grossly obvious.

p.s.  Thanks for your help over the years on the "forum"  I was not an active participant there, but had an account back before they nuked everyone in the early 2000s. I would stop by once a year or so, with a question or see everyone's take on a significant current event in aviation.  I just tried yesterday, for this question, and first noticed the closure.  What the heck happened.  Did the inmates riot and the warden just burn the prison down?
Ronald Levy
1516 Posts

Stephen Romaine:
Thanks Ron.  I'll dig through the links and see if one feels right.  Your note and the links appear to be focused on the new GPS units.  I find it amazing that I've literally flown behind the 430/530 for their entire life cycle. 

Then I think you'll find the transition fairly easy, but you'll still want to get some time flying with someone familiar with tne new-to-you boxes.

It's the 500txi that I'm more focused on.  I've never flown behind a glass horizon and speed/alt/vs tape.  I'm hyper focused on the red and blue line depiction, for starters.  I hope they are as grossly obvious.

There are some adaptations you'll need to make.  It's all the same information (plus a lot more) compared to the six-pack, but a different format and presentation.

p.s.  Thanks for your help over the years on the "forum" 

Glad you found it helpful.

What the heck happened.  Did the inmates riot and the warden just burn the prison down?

A computer security audit found some exploitable weaknesses with the system, so they dumped it and started over.  Beyond that, it's just speculation.
Mr. Romaine,

In addition to the sources mentioned by Mr. Levy, I would encourage you to seek instruction from one of the BPT Instructors (https://www.pbpt.org/instructors/.)  They are expert instructors with the Bonanza/Baron Pilot Training group - very knowledgeable of your Baron's flying characteristics and likely very knowledgeable of the operation of your new avionics; you should be able to find one located near you.  As one of the BPT Instructors, we maintain proficiency in flying Bonanzas & Barons with the latest avionics and various autopilot combinations.  In this past year, I also installed a Garmin 500 TXi and a GTN750 in the panel in our Bonanza.  You will soon find that this avionics suite is very sweet (pardon the pun.)  What I mean is, after you've become used to the 'new look' and training your eyes where to look for the specific information you seek, you will find the equipment quite easy to use, and there is a plethora of info available to you to make your flying much safer and more enjoyable.

If I may help you in any way or advise you on the use of your newly equipped Baron, I will be pleased to assist.
Ron Timmermans.....
Orlando, FL
RonTimmermans@ATT.Net
Stephen,
if you have 530 experience the logic to get thinks done with nav will be familiar.  I agree the PFD is the hurdle.  For me, it took months before the tape movement seemed ok.  My head wanted them to go the other way but what they do is logical. Find a good G1000 simulator or just use the Garmin available G1000 trainer software.  It will help with getting used to what the display does.  Get actual instructor transition training. Fly VFR As if IFR for control of the a/c. 

i did most of those and flew actual instruments in a 182 after 20 hours.  After a year (50) hours I felt fine.  

there is a lot of information on the G1000 PFD screen.  By far the best is the synthetic vision features followed by the wind drift on the HSI.  

i love it all now!