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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands. AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.
AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products will transition to Seattle Avionics.
Dynon Avionics, the pioneering company that provides fully featured glass cockpits for light sport and experimental aircraft at half the cost of fully certified displays, adds more sophistication with video input, upgraded weather, and wide-angle synthetic vision.
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