Bits and Pieces
Electronics Corner - The Amazing Dynon Skyview
The complete Skyview system
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
Upon its introduction, the Dynon D10A was really state of the art, and with its 20 integrated functions it could replace a lot of the standard panel instruments. At the time it seemed like there was not a lot more you could want. Today, however, the Skyview series has an amazing assortment of extra capabilities. If you really want to dig deep into the latest capabilities, you can go directly to the Dynon website. The following information is drawn from that site. Here are a few examples of how the product has advanced.
The most obvious is the availability of a 10-inch screen. This allows more functionality to be on the screen at the same time and still be readable.
You will pay $1,200 for your Air Data/Attitude/Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) which gives you airspeed, altitude, gyro-stabilized heading, artificial horizon/synthetic vision, vertical speed, slip, turn rate, and angle of attack. Outside air temperature is provided by the OAT sensor which is connected to the ADAHRS. A second backup model is also available at a lower price.
In addition, the artificial horizon is now augmented with a full synthetic vision included in the price.
There is a transponder option which allows control and annunciation on the Skyview display, saving space on the panel. The transponder module can be conveniently placed anywhere. If you are planning to stay below 15,000 feet and 175 knots, you will pay just $1,800 for the integrated mode "S" transponder.
A full-engine monitoring kit for your choice of engine will set you back a mere $1,300, and again, the fact that it's integrated saves all sorts of time figuring out how to connect various harnesses, set alarms, and so on.
You can add a two-axis autopilot for $1,600. It can fly magnetic heading, GPS ground track, and horizontal nav from any connected compatible radio or GPS. In addition to being able to hold altitude, the autopilot can fly to a new altitude and level off once it arrives. Additional standard features include emergency 180-degree turn capability, control wheel steering, and standard trim sensing and annunciation on all servos used on the pitch axis. The autopilot can respect bank angle, airspeed, and g limitations, too. Future planned enhancements include vertical GPS steering and vertical NAV using radio or GPS.
If you ever plan to configure your aircraft for IFR, first check with Transport Canada to see if your configuration is acceptable. The latest the author heard was that it was not accepted, despite the fact that the same configuration was used in the "amateur-built" SpaceShipOne. For more discussion on this topic, check out Dynon's forums on their website.
And for those of you in the certified aircraft category, eat your heart out!