Dynon Avionics will be offering free (for some) courses in the operation of its SkyView system at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 19 to 22. The classes will last 3.5 hours and will be held in the mornings and afternoons on Thursday through Saturday and in the morning only on Sunday the 22nd. During the seminars, current and prospective owners of SkyView systems will be working with real SkyView units, configuring them for various ground and flight operations.Class size will be restricted to the first 15 people who sign up on the Dynon web site: www.DynonAvionics.com/Training. The training classes will be held at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center adjacent to the Sebring Airport. Instruction will be provided by Kirk Kleinholz, CFII and SkyView expert. This first set of classes will be free, while future ones will have a fee.
Pilots will be guided through navigation exercises using the integrated VFR GPS moving map and flight planner. They will also configure as well as operate the autopilot for both VFR and IFR missions and locate and interpret the various types of data presented on the SkyView (winds aloft, TAS, density altitude, fuel computer, etc.).
For those pilots planning to switch from analog to digital/electronic instrumentation there will be opportunities to explore the benefits and compromises of glass panel systems, cockpit resource management and procedures for safe transition. “Dynon realizes that transitioning to glass panel technology is not difficult, but requires focus,” said Robert Hamilton, director of marketing. “Pilots should be proficient with their avionics during flight, and hands-on training is a good way to achieve that.”