March 19, 2014
By Dave Hirschman
Dynon Avionics is offering new features for its flagship SkyView suite, including a touchscreen, two new control panels, and upgraded software.
“The new SkyView is the most intuitive and capable avionics system available,” said Michael Schofield, Dynon marketing manager. “We’ve focused on creating an incredible pilot interface with SkyView Touch and new dedicated control panels. From the simplest LSA to the most complex IFR aircraft, there’s a SkyView for every panel.”
Pilots will have the option of using a touchscreen or dedicated knobs to control the 10-inch display. Like tablet computers, the Dynon touchscreen has a pinch-zoom and scrolling actions. The SkyView Touch has a retail price of $3,995, or $395 more than the regular display. Current SkyView SV-D1000 owners can upgrade their units for $795.
Dynon also is offering new control panels for the EFIS and autopilot designed to reduce pilot workload and simplify operations.
Dynon also offers pilots the option of displaying a traditional flight instrument “six pack” that overlays GPS-derived synthetic vision that graphically depicts the surrounding terrain, obstacles, and airports.
SkyView’s geo-referenced VFR and IFR charts and approaches will be available for $99 a year through a partnership with Seattle Avionics.
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.
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