At AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh, Dynon Avionics unveiled the latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX. It has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Continue reading "Dynon's SkyView HDX Video Review"
Dynon's upcoming SkyView Software Version 15 contains a variety of new features to enhance the SkyView flying experience, including: Continue reading "Dynon Previews SkyView Software Version 15"
Dynon Avionics today unveiled the new flagship to its popular SkyView system. SkyView HDX features improved displays, beautiful design, unrivaled control ergonomics, and an upgraded touch interface. The new displays are compatible with all existing SkyView components and feature identical mounting profiles and electrical connections. Continue reading "Dynon Avionics Announces SkyView HDX and Price Reductions to Existing Systems."
"Some Dynon Avionics pilots have experienced unresponsive SkyView displays in flight after their system has been upgraded to version 14.0.
We believe this issue only affects earlier manufactured SkyView displays, and only when they are running version 14.0.
Although a complete software fix is not currently available, updated public test versions of 14.0 are available that both improve the behavior and allow willing customers to help Dynon isolate and fix the issue through better diagnostic capabilities. Continue reading "Dynon SkyView 14.0 Technical Service Bulletin"
SV-GPS-2020 Now Available & SkyView 14.0 Released
SV-GPS-2020 is now shipping. The SV-GPS-2020 enables General Aviation's most affordable ADS-B Out 2020-compliant solution.
The new SV-GPS-2020 GPS Receiver/Antenna from Dynon lets new and existing SkyView and Advanced AF-5000 series customers add a 2020-compliant GPS position source for ADS-B Out for only $590. As a drop-in replacement for the existing SV-GPS-250 receiver, owners of existing systems do not need to run any additional wires, coax, or install any new boxes in their aircraft.
When combined with Dynon's SV-XPNDR-261 Mode-S transponder, SkyView and Advanced Flight Systems customers meet all the 2020 mandate transponder and ADS-B Out requirements for $2790. Pilots can also add the SV-ADSB-470 Traffic and Weather ADS-B Receiver for the best-possible situational awareness in their aircraft.
SV-GPS-2020 Software Support
SkyView v14 includes support for the SV-GPS-2020, allowing US pilots to meet the FAA's 2020 ADS-B Out requirements when paired with the SV-XPNDR-261 Mode-S transponder. SkyView's new GPS Fix Status page and updated FAR 91.227 Compliance Status page help you ensure that you installation is configured properly.
Update for Continued ADS-B Traffic Reception (SIL/SDA 1 Issue)Prior to early 2016, a SkyView system using an SV-GPS-250 as the GPS position source for ADS-B Out transmitted a SIL and SDA of 0. Beginning in 2016, a SIL and SDA of 1 is required by the FAA for the ADS-B infrastructure to transmit ADS-B traffic data to individual aircraft.
Using both internal and FAA-provided data, Dynon Avionics has conducted a rigorous analysis of the service history and field use of the SV-GPS-250 and the SkyView system as a whole. This analysis supports the use of the Dynon Avionics SV-GPS-250 as an ADS-B Position Source with a SIL/SDA level of 1. Dynon Avionics implemented the change to SIL/SDA in January 2016 as part of SkyView firmware version 14.0.
Note that this change only pertains to the SV-GPS-250. Aircraft equipped with an SV-GPS-2020 aircraft will transmit even higher SIL/SDA levels for full 2020-compliance.
More information about this issue is available in the SkyView System Installation Guide.
Aircraft Glide Ring
SkyView v14 enables the display of a wind-adjusted aircraft glide ring by utilizing aircraft performance parameters such as best glide speed, sink rate, and height above the ground:
SkyView gains the ability to display checklists in version 14. Checklist files can be edited on any device that can edit text files. They are imported and exported like other SkyView Files.
Checklist Templates can be obtained from the SkyView Downloads Page.
Pilots who have VNAV autopilot approach capability via a NAV radio or IFR GPS can now activate a "go-around" mode with the touch of a button. This allows the autopilot to continue to reduce the workload in a go-around situation.
When in VNAV mode, go-around mode can be activated via any of 3 mechanisms: pressing any of the Nose Up button on the SV-AP-PANEL, the AUTOPILOT > PITCH > GO AROUND button on-screen, or an optionally-connected external button. Go-around mode changes the AP lateral mode to TRK mode with the approach inbound course as the target. Pitch mode is switched to either IAS or VS mode (dependent on setup) with the default climb VS or IAS selected. An "ADD POWER" annunciation is also provided on the PFD page.
Rotax 912 iS Improvements
Most Rotax 912 iS pilots are familiar with the two EMS lamps that let them know whether an engine issue requires that the aircraft be landed immediately. SkyView v14 adds two new alerts to aid pilots in interpreting those lamps. ROTAX: LIMIT FLIGHT OP is provided for engine issues that do not require an immediate landing. ROTAX: LAND AIRCRAFT is used for issues that do require that the aircraft be landed as soon as possible. This guidance is identical to that which Rotax provides in its engine operation guide. Note that installers can still connect the Rotax ECU lamp discrete outputs to SkyView contact inputs to display the actual lamps on a SkyView EMS page.
Over 30 More Software Improvements
SkyView v14 includes over 30 more features and improvements. See the full list on the Dynon Avionics website.
SkyView System Software Version 14 is available now from the Dynon website software download page.
One of the projects we have going on right now is to finish up a Dream Tundra that we partnered in early this year. When we bought the project, it was ready for a panel and the Firewall Forward work, and we though this would be a good opportunity to try out the latest Skyview products from Dynon Avionics. As previous owners of the D-series equipment, we have been anxious to give the Skyview Touch a workout on a day-to-day basis. They agreed to give us a system on consignment to use for a while, so we began the planning, starting with a system wiring drawing from Steinair.