In an announcement at Sun 'n Fun, EAA, FAA and Dynon officials said they have established a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process for installation of the Dynon EFIS-D10A as a replacement for the airplane's primary attitude indicator. This allows innovations developed for the amateur-built aircraft fleet to make their way into Cessna 150, 152, 172 and Piper PA-28 and PA-38 models.
The EFIS-D10A is a modern EFIS that contains no moving parts. It is a full 4-inch primary flight display that includes attitude, airspeed, altimeter, magnetic heading, turn rate, inclinometer, g-meter, winds, and more. Other capabilities include angle of attack and internal backup battery.
Robert Hamilton, Dynon president, said, “For years, pilots of type-certificated aircraft have asked us for a way to install Dynon glass-panel avionics in their airplanes. We jumped at the opportunity to work with EAA and the FAA to make this novel STC approach possible with our EFIS-D10A. This is a breakthrough that can lead the way for many more possibilities.”
According to Jack Pelton, EAA CEO/chairman, “This STC process will allow aircraft owners to have the latest proven safety technology available in the cockpit at lower cost.” Pelton also emphasized that this is not an exclusive agreement; EAA and FAA are ready and eager to work with other companies to develop similar STCs for their products and expand the approved model list for additional type-certificated aircraft.”
Unique to this STC, EAA worked with the FAA to allow the Dynon EFIS-D10A to be installed without the traditional Technical Standard Order (TSO) or Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) requirement. Dynon’s product is also verified against the recently developed ASTM 3153-15, Standard Specification for Verification of Avionics Systems. The Dynon unit was flight tested in Oshkosh earlier this year in EAA’s own Cessna 172M, with FAA observation.
“This cooperative effort shows how the FAA, general aviation groups, and the aviation industry can work together to benefit aircraft owners with upgraded technology, lower costs, and high levels of safety,” said Mel Johnson, Manager of FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate. “This kind of partnership and innovative thinking is what is needed at all levels of aviation as we move into the future.”
The cost and application process for the STC will be finalized in the coming weeks. The STC will be available through EAA, while Dynon’s product will be available through its established distributor network and factory direct. More information is available at www.dynonavionics.com or contact Dynon at 425-402-0433 or info@DynonAvionics.com.