Dynon introduced a handheld EFIS that can be used in any airplane, not just Experimentals. Called the D-1 Pocket Panel, it will snap into any airplane without special tools, and the technology is based on the company’s popular line of EFISes such as the SkyView. It measures about 3.5 x 3.25 x 1 inch and can be mounted one of three ways: a RAM suction mount, a pinch mount (both included) or with Velcro.
Features include MEMS-based (microelectromechanical) sensors, accurate pitch and roll for a true artificial horizon, GPS ground speed and track (heading), GPS altitude and vertical speed, turn rate and slip/skid ball. It uses an attitude heading and reference system (AHRS) and a combination of solid-state accelerometers and gyros. (The unit cannot use pitot-static data.)
The company is quick to point out that unlike a smartphone or apps, the D1 is a dedicated avionics instrument (assembled, calibrated and tested in Dynon’s facilities). It can be switched on in flight, and power is from a lithium-ion battery that lasts 4 hours, according to Dynon. Accessories include an AC wall charger, a DC vehicle charger, the two mounts and an external GPS antenna for when the location of the mounted unit prohibits a clear-sky view for good satellite reception. The price is $1425.
The company also announced a new ADS-B “In” weather, traffic and TFR receiver called the SV-ADSB-470 for the SkyView system. This is a remotely mounted module that integrates with the SkyView EFIS to provide access to weather and traffic information in addition to what the SkyView already provides. There are no monthly subscription fees because the information displayed is based on the FAA’s ADS-B U.S. broadcast. Weather is displayed textually and graphically on the SkyView, and includes Nexrad radar, METARS and TAFS. By combining this module with Dynon’s SV-XPNDR-261 Mode S transponder module with ADS-B “Out,” reliable, accurate traffic information will be provided to the SkyView system, even without a certified GPS on board. The new module will be available this fall, the company says, and the price will be $995.
For more information, call 425/402-0433 or visit www.dynonavonics.com.