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Hi, my name is Josh Kallenberg and I'm here at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California. I've been flying professionally for about 13 years, and now I have the pleasure of flying this Gulfstream G450 which is a lot of fun and exciting. And today I'm going to talk to you about becoming a pilot. Alright so this is a guide to the cockpit of the Gulfstream G450. Let me show you some of the primary instruments here and things that you would find unique to this aircraft and also you'll find in aircraft that you'd be learning how to fly in. This first thing we'll start with is the yoke. Basically use this to climb and descend which obviously means take off and land. It allows you also to make turns left and right in the air. You also have a throttle in our airplane. We have two of them. One for each engine. When you're learning how to fly you'll most likely fly in a single engine. Principle's the same. You push the throttle forward, the plane goes faster. Pull it back, the plane goes slower. It's like a gas pedal. On the primary flight display is your airspeed indicator, your attitude indicator, the altimeter, heading indicator. Especially when you're flying in clouds you obviously can't see outside. You have to rely on your instruments in this case. We have a map display that shows you where you are in an overview type vantage point. We also have one that shows you on a vertical display. We also have the ability to show our airplane on an actual map of the airport when taxiing into unfamiliar airports. Our overhead panel. Everything is organized in a real logical fashion. You have all your air conditionings together, your fuel system is together. We have the ability to heat up the leading edges of the wings, the leading edges of the engines. That allows you to remove any sort of ice. You can start your engines over here. External lights are grouped in this one area. Again, everything's grouped together so you just don't have to go hunting around the cockpit to find switches. You should know pretty much where they are.