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Dynon to certify SkyView HDXDynon to certify SkyView HDX

Price for certified avionics to remain same as experimental products

Dynon is moving quickly and aggressively to get its flagship SkyView HDX integrated avionics suites into a broad range of FAA-certified aircraft models, the company announced.

Dynon is certifying its SkyView HDX. Photo courtesy of Dynon.

The move is a major shift for the Seattle-based company, which has long been a mainstay in experimental and light sport aircraft—and it’s a sea change for the FAA, which had previously barred non-certified avionics from standard-category airplanes.

“For years, thousands of light sport and amateur-built aircraft pilots have benefited from Dynon’s intuitive, affordable, and safety enhancing integrated avionics systems,” said Dynon Founder John Torode. “We’re ready to bring the Dynon approach to the rest of the GA fleet.”

In a clear break from industry practice, Dynon said it will sell its SkyView HDX for FAA-certified aircraft at the same price as experimental versions. Certified aircraft owners will purchase supplemental type certificates (STCs), but Dynon hardware won’t carry a premium. With other avionics products, it’s common for FAA-certified models to sell for twice as much as experimental versions.

“Dynon was founded to bring affordable avionics to market,” said Dynon President Robert Hamilton. “We’re going to provide the most affordable avionics system on the market.”

Dynon is seeking to install its SkyView HDX system in aircraft ranging from single-engine piston trainers to high-performance twins. An STC for a Cessna 172 is expected to cost about $2,000. A fully integrated SkyView HDX avionics suite carries a retail price of about $16,000.

Also, Dynon’s FAA-certified products can be used for both visual and instrument flight rules.

Dynon avionics have been installed in more than 20,000 experimental and light sport aircraft.

The SkyView HDX system is a touchscreen suite that includes a primary flight display with synthetic vision and angle of attack; a multifunction display with a color moving map and the ability to show terrain, weather, traffic, and geo-referenced approaches; Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast In and Out; an engine monitor; and a battery backup.

The company will perform avionics installations on FAA-certified aircraft at its Seattle facility, as well as at a network of approved shops.

Dynon said it expects STCs for Cessna 172s and Beechcraft B58 Barons “shortly,” but didn’t specify a date.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large 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.
Topics: EAA AirVenture, Avionics

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