May 14, 2010

SkyView 2.0 Update and SkyView Servo Harness Released

We've just released the latest SkyView firmware update! Hot on the heels of March's 1.5 update, 2.0 adds a few big features, including:
  • Autopilot
  • HSI (serial sources only for now; ARINC 429 converter coming this summer)
  • Obstacles to the trial map (USA only)
  • Even better failure handling
  • Wind Vector
Full update instructions and downloads available here.

Also, due to popular demand, Dynon now offers a Servo wiring kit for SkyView. This harness comes with everything you need to connect a servo to the SkyView network and power/ground, including an extra D9 to attach to the servo wires themselves. All of the D9 connectors are provided but not connected to the harness so that wires can be routed through tight spots. You will need a pin D-sub pin crimping tool like this as well. The SV-NET-SERVO harness is $55 and comes with 20' of Aircraft Grade Tefzel® Wiring, and is available from authorized Dynon Avionics dealers, by calling us at 425-402-0433, or via our downloadable price list/order form.

May 11, 2010

Choosing between SkyView and the D10/D100 Series

Many prospective Dynon customers see the incredible SkyView displays and want the "latest and greatest", while others see the amazing value in the D10/D100 series of products. For those of you on the fence, here are the major differences between the two lines of products.

Size and Mounting Considerations

The D10/D100 series have all of the EFIS sensors and EMS electronics built into the displays*. This means that they are mostly self contained, but also means that the screens are deeper than they could be without those parts. See the D100 and D10A specs pages for the exact depth dimensions of these products.

In Contrast, the SkyView displays are just the screens and computer hardware that runs the system. The ADAHRS (Air Data / Attitude / Heading) module is mounted remotely, as is the EMS module that houses the connectors and electronics that receive individual engine sensor signals. This allows us to shrink SkyView's depth to just 2 inches! This can really help in tight panels, especially in the rear cockpits of tandem aircraft.
*well, except for the magnetometer, which needs to be away from magnetic interference and is remotely mounted
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Where the D100 instruments use a rear-mounted tray, SkyView uses bezel-mounted screws which typically attached to nut plates that you'll build into the panel before instrument installation. So if you already have a D100 series and are upgrading to SkyView, you will need to enlarge the cutout in your panel slightly in both directions, and you'll need to drill holes and add nut plates around the cutout for the mounting screws.

Screens

The D10/D100 series comes in 4" and 7" versions, while SkyView comes in 7" and 10" versions. This allows the D10 series to go into very tight panel spaces, while the 10" SkyView screen offers an amazing view of all of all of your information. For customers in the middle of those two ends, the 7" versions of both series are very close in terms of panel space requirements.

People commonly ask whether the 7" SkyView screen will fit in the same panel cutout as the D100 series instruments and the answer is no. Though the SkyView screen itself is the same size as the D100, the bezel surrounding it is a little bigger to accommodate the dual joystick knobs and the new mounting method.

All Dynon displays are sunlight readable, but there are some differences here too. Customers will be happy with any of our displays, but SkyView is quite breathtaking to see in direct sunlight. If you have a chance to see one in person at a fly-in, we think you'll walk away amazed.


Features

SkyView can do everything that the D10/D100 series can, plus more. Both product lines are capable of being primary flight instruments, engine monitors, autopilots, and HSI. But, only SkyView has the ability to do synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky, and lots more to come.

If you've been following SkyView's development and release, you'll know that we decided to release the product without a few of the above features. Autopilot and HSI are scheduled to be released May 15 if everything goes to plan, and then this summer and beyond the moving map will be added, as well as lots more exciting features. We have a SkyView roadmap page which we update with our agenda and schedule for the next couple of releases that you might find helpful.

We did go back and forth for a while on adding a very rudimentary moving map to the D10/D100 series, but the hardware in those products just do not have the computing horsepower needed to create a really great user experience.


In a nutshell, the D10/D100 is our low cost/high value line of products, while SkyView is Dynon's flagship offering. Most major new feature development will be concentrated in SkyView, although all Dynon products will continue to see autopilot enhancements as we develop them.

Pricing

You can compare pricing down to the smallest component on our full price list, but basically, an EFIS-D100 equivalent 7" screen SkyView system is about $1200 more than the EFIS-D100, and if you go for the 10" screen it's another $900 more.

If you're looking at the FlightDEK-D180, the difference between it and a single screen 7" SkyView is $1800. Again, add another $900 for the 10" screen.

If you're going for the full IFR setup, a FlightDEK-D180 + EFIS-D100 combination starts at $6000, while the equivalent SkyView system (two screens, dual ADAHRS, and EMS module) starts at $8000 with 7" screens
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Autopilot on either generation only requires the servos, which are $1500 for a pair plus mounting kits that are typically between $0-$75 an axis. The optional AP74 autopilot control panel is available for the D10/D100 series for another $450, whereas SkyView's on-screen autopilot control scheme benefits from the dual joystick knobs and increased amount of buttons on the bezel.

Modularity / Purchasing Planning Considerations


Once you've decided on a system, realize that they're purchased a little bit differently. The D10/D100 series now encompasses 7 distinct products:
  1. EFIS-D6 (simple six pack only, 4" screen)
  2. EFIS-D60 (simple six pack only, 7" screen)
  3. EFIS-D10A (full featured 4" screen EFIS w/ HSI and AP capability)
  4. EFIS-D100 (full featured 7" screen EFIS w/ HSI and AP capability)
  5. EMS-D10 (4" screen engine monitor)
  6. EMS-D120 (7" screen engine monitor)
  7. FlightDEK-D180 (7", all-in-one EFIS/EMS/HSI/AP)
In contrast, when you build up a SkyView system you build up the right combination of the following parts to build your panel:
  1. SV-D700 (7" display) or SV-D1000 (10" display)
  2. SV-ADARHS-200 (first air data, attitude, heading reference module)
  3. SV-ADARHS-201 (additional ADAHRS module at reduced cost)
  4. SV-EMS-220 (EMS module)
So when you're putting together a D10/D100 based panel, you need to choose the right products to fit your needs. For example:
  • Looking for a complete flight instruments as a backup for an existing panel after your vacuum pump died for the last time you're willing to tolerate? EFIS-D6 or EFIS-D60, depending on your panel space
  • Basic VFR tube and fabric aircraft with minimal panel space? FlightDEK-D180
  • IFR panel? FlightDEK-D180 + EFIS-D100 (this gets you redundant flight instruments in the event of a failure)
In contrast, with SkyView, since the screens are separate from the modules, you're essentially putting together a single system with a variety of single-purpose components. Those same examples again:
  • A complete set of flight instruments as a backup for an existing panel after your vacuum pump died for the last time you're willing to tolerate? SV-D700 (7" display) or SV-D1000 (10" display) + 1 SV-ADAHRS-200 module
  • Basic VFR tube and fabric aircraft with minimal panel space? SV-D700 or SV-D1000 + 1 SV-ADARHS-200 + 1 SV-EMS-220 module
  • IFR panel? Dual SV-D700 + SV-D1000 displays + primary SV-ADARHS-200 + backup SV-ADARS-201 + SV-EMS-220.
Again, "just add servos" to any configuration (except the D6 or D60) for just $1500 more. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call at 425-402-0433, or email us at info (at) dynonavionics (dot) com.

May 4, 2010

SynVis Obstacles Preview

This won't be out until version 2.5, which is due in a month or two and is AFTER the mid-May 2.0 update. But the first screenshots are so cool that we just have to share them. Anyway, Chicago as seen in SkyView (click for large image):




...and New York City (click for large image)!


(The obstacles in the water are bridges, the Statue of Liberty, etc)