June 4, 2013
By Dave Hirschman
Dynon Avionics has begun shipping a new series of products related to its highly integrated SkyView glass panels.
The SV-COM-C25 COM radio has dedicated buttons for ATIS, ATC, TWR, and GND frequencies. By entering the airport identifier, pilots can call up frequencies automatically from the SkyView database. If pilots enter frequencies by hand, SkyView will identify the airport and station type to ensure the pilot is talking on the right radio station.
Other radio features include dual watch, fully backlit and auto-dimming controls, one-touch flip-flop with remote trigger ability, transmit and receive indicators, and a stuck mic indicator with transmit time-out. The SV-COM-C25 has a retail price of $1,295.
The SV-INTERCOM-2S connects EFIS systems, stereo music, and other audio devices in their panels. Audio inputs include two that are muted (one stereo for music), four non-muting inputs (one stereo for capable EFIS systems such as SkyView; the rest mono for radios and other avionics), dual stereo headset connections, and dual radio outputs. The SV-INTERCOM-2S can be installed in any experimental or light sport aircraft, even those without other Dynon products, and retails for $295.
SkyView 6.0 software has a highly capable autopilot for expert IFR pilots as well as VFR simplicity. For the IFR pilot, SkyView's new autopilot features include VNAV, IAS Hold, mode sequencing, fully-coupled approaches, and a flight director. VFR pilots can use a set of simplified autopilot controls. The new software also adds a new LEVEL button that can be activated from the either SkyView’s menu or an external button. SkyView 6.0 is available as a free upgrade for existing SkyView customers.
Garmin has announced an upgrade making new features and options available to operators of G1000-equipped King Airs in the 200/250/300/350 series.
Garmin popularized synthetic vision with the G1000 six years ago and now offers it on an app.
Robinson Helicopter continues to push forward with improvements and reported strong yearly results.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.