A glass cockpit popular among experimental aircraft owners is now FAA approved for installation in 592 type-certificated single-engine piston airplanes, offering modern capabilities to legacy aircraft at lower cost.
Dynon Certified, a division of Dynon Avionics, on July 16 announced a significant expansion of the FAA approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML STC) for its SkyView HDX integrated glass panel product line. Dynon’s full suite of certified avionics is now approved for installation in 592 type-certificated single-engine piston aircraft. Approved product features include primary and backup flight displays; synthetic vision; VFR mapping; flight planning and navigation; engine monitoring; a Mode S transponder with 2020-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out; ADS-B In traffic and weather; and Dynon’s integrated com radio.
“From the moment Dynon Certified introduced its groundbreaking STC for SkyView HDX, we’ve heard from thousands of aircraft owners wishing we’d add their aircraft to the approved model list next,” said Michael Schofield, Dynon director of marketing. “Now, with FAA approval for nearly 600 aircraft models, we can deliver on those requests.”
SkyView HDX systems are available from Dynon’s authorized installation centers and directly from Dynon, Schofield said. “Over 20,000 pilots already know the joy of flying behind Dynon’s affordable, safety-enhancing avionics technology. We’re excited to share that experience with even more GA fliers.”
Dynon Certified’s expanded AML is a result of extensive efforts by AOPA and other industry organizations, as well as avionics manufacturers, working with the FAA on a wide range of instrument certification changes. This effort has paved the way for installation of non-TSOed avionics in certified aircraft.
The SkyView HDX is Dynon’s flagship avionics suite and allows most GA pilots to comprehensively update aging legacy avionics at an affordable price. Pilots benefit from an elegant, uncluttered panel layout that reduces workload, is intuitive and fun to fly, and enhances safety, the company said. After replacing the original instruments—notoriously unreliable legacy equipment such as vacuum pumps often can be removed as well—a Dynon certified installation typically reduces aircraft empty weight by 50 to 80 pounds.
The integrated but modular system allows aircraft owners to tailor installations to their specific needs. Additional options available for all approved aircraft include complete engine monitoring with CHTs, EGTs, fuel flow, fuel computer, and lean assist; a Mode S transponder with 2020-compliant ADS-B Out; ADS-B traffic and weather display; com radio; and electronic flight bag features, the company said.
Dynon’s fully integrated autopilot, which features IFR approach capability when SkyView is coupled to a compatible navigator, currently is available for Cessna 172 F through S aircraft and Bonanza P35 to V35B models. The Bonanza approval includes yaw damper capability. Autopilot approvals for additional aircraft will be continuously released over the coming months, the company said, adding that as of July 2019, it is actively working on autopilot approvals for Beech Bonanza 36, Cessna 182, and Piper Seneca models.
Base SkyView HDX configurations—including dual displays and synthetic vision—start at $7,630. Owners of certified aircraft must purchase the STC for $2,000, and the certified hardware is priced the same as comparable experimental products. Displays are available in both 10-inch and 7-inch formats. Engine monitoring, additional displays, and other features and controls are optional, the company said.
Dynon’s updated AML covers piston single-engine aircraft made by "Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, Mooney, Grumman, and almost 40 other manufacturers." The complete AML is available online. For more information see the Dynon Certified website.