What's New with SkyView
The SkyView System is a powerful and flexible avionics platform, and new features will be added for years to come. Our commitment has been, and continues to be, to design and build the highest quality avionics available for homebuilt and Light Sport aircraft. Dynon uses the newest technologies and manufacturing techniques available, to allow us to sell avionics at the best price possible.
SkyView Hands-On Training: We have trained hundreds of customers so far, and we continue to offer a series of hands-on training classes for SkyView. The next series will be offered at AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. For more information, read about it here.
Current Features: Please see SkyView Features List for a detailed list of current features.
INTRODUCED in April 2013 (Shipping June 2013):
COM Radio: The SV-COM-C25 changes the way pilots use their COM radio with a powerful, flexible interface that is designed to reduce cockpit workload. Tightly integrated into the SkyView system, the SV-COM-C25 allows pilots to tune frequencies by airport and station type – rather than by spinning in a number – at the touch of a button on the dedicated control panel. Pilots can also send frequencies to the radio from SkyView’s airport information pages. Dual concentric knobs let pilots spin in frequencies the old-fashioned way when they are feeling nostalgic (or are following ATC instructions.) SkyView will identify the airport and station type while frequencies are tuned to ensure the pilot is talking to the right radio station.
Intercom - The SV-INTERCOM-S2 two-place stereo intercom solves the problem of having to choose between an under-featured intercom and an expensive audio panel. The SV-INTERCOM-2S has everything pilots need to connect EFIS systems, stereo music, and other audio devices in their panels.
Ample inputs are provided to handle the audio sources in modern instrument panels. These include: dual muting inputs (one stereo for music), four non-muting inputs (one stereo for capable EFIS systems such as SkyView; the rest mono for radios and other avionics), dual stereo headset connections, and dual radio outputs..
Expert, and Simple, Autopilots- Version 6.0 SkyView firmware delivers a highly capable autopilot for expert pilots who fly IFR, and an alternate set of simplified controls for those who prefer VFR simplicity.
For the IFR pilot, SkyView's new autopilot features include VNAV, IAS Hold, mode sequencing, fully-coupled approaches, a Flight Director with single cue (v-bars) or dual cue (crosshairs) presentation, and more. These new features complete the system by building on existing modes such as heading hold, GPS ground track hold, altitude hold, and control wheel steering.
VFR pilots can cruise in comfort – without a steep learning curve – thanks to a new alternative set of simplified autopilot controls built into SkyView. This new feature streamlines the autopilot modes to those pilots use most: HSI+ALT for following navigation sources such as GPS flight plans, and TRK+ALT for flying in the direction and at the altitude you choose. Each of these modes activates with a single button press.
INTRODUCED in January 2013:
User Data Logging: One user-configurable data log can record virtually all aspects of SkyView's state at rates between 0.1Hz and 16Hz. A second non-configurable "recent flight" data log records the last 15 minutes of flight data at 16hz. Both are CSV (comma separated value) files that are exported to USB.
Improved TFR depiction - Stadium TFRs, which do not have FAA-reported active times, are now a separately declutterable item under MAP MENU > MAP ITEMS. These airspaces are graphically depicted in orange on the map page.
INTRODUCED in December 2012:
SV-ADSB-470 UAT BAND ADS-B Traffic and Weather Receiver (US only) is a lightweight remote mounted receiver for ADS-B IN information that utilizes an externally mounted antenna for superior ADS-B reception.
WEATHER and TFRs: Subscription-free weather is displayed on the SkyView chart window, including NEXRAD radar, METARs and TAFS. Airport weather data can be displayed for nearest airports or for a specific airport identifier. Current TFRs are shown graphically
TRAFFIC: Receives ADS-B TIS-B traffic with precise location, altitude, speed, and direction. Includes both traffic broadcast from other aircraft equipped with ADS-B UAT transmitters, and data broadcast from ADS-B ground stations. Requires SkyView SV-XPNDR-261/262 transponder, currently the only transponder which meets the requirements.
The SV-ADBS-470 requires SkyView Version 5.0 or later firmware.
INTRODUCED in August 2012:
DETAILED BASEMAP DATA: Most visible in Version 4.0 are improvements to the SkyView navigation mapping, with free basemap data now available worldwide. These include towns, cities, roads, rivers, and railroads. Airspace depiction is also greatly improved, with graphics that match the style and color of sectional type charts. European airspace details have been added to reflect all airspace categories. With the addition of this new data, SkyView now de-clutters objects and names to create a highly readable and detailed navigation map.
ENHANCED REDUNDANCY: Designed from the start to be the leading IFR platform, Version 4.0 enhances SkyView system redundancy with annunciation of network faults and ADAHRS inconsistencies. All SkyView network cables have two sets of redundant data lines. Now, if a fault occurs on one data line it is annunciated on the SkyView display and all communications are automatically switched to the non-faulted data lines. Also, if an aircraft is equipped with two ADAHRS modules, and if the reported attitude or other information significantly differs between the two modules, then a warning is displayed to the pilot. The pilot can then cross check other instruments and disable the ADAHRS that is malfunctioning.
ROTAX 912 iS SUPPORT: New SV-EMS-221 Module which replaces the SV-EMS-220 for installations using the Rotax 912 iS engine. The new sensor kit EMSKIT-RTXiS has the required sensors.
SV-ADSB-470: A UAT Band Weather, TFR, and Traffic Receiver which provides ADS-B IN data to SkyView.
INTRODUCED in March 2012:
ALERTING and AUDIO OUT: The Audio Out feature includes tone and voice annunciation of engine, navigation, Angle of Attack, and autopilot messages and alerts, augmenting the visual alerting and messaging on the display.
USER WAYPOINTS: The new User Waypoint function gives the pilot a straight-forward, powerful way to create, manipulate, and import/export personal waypoints. User Waypoints now appear as an icon of the pilot's choosing, and like other airports or navaids they can be used in flight plans, as direct-to navigation waypoints, or can be used visually on the map page to help navigate. They include labeling with common airport and other graphic symbols.
ALTITUDE ALERTING: Allows the pilot to set altitude alert points above and below the chosen altitude bug.
MAP GPS INFORMATION BOXES: Waypoint GPS information can now be displayed on the GPS navigation map, including items such as Bearing to Waypoint, Distance to Go, Distance to Waypoint, ETA, Ground Speed, and GPS Altitude. All of this additional GPS information can be selected and viewed by the pilot in flight.
AIRSPEED ZERO ADJUST. Allows calibration on the ground at zero airspeed.
ROTAX 912 ENGINE MONITOR: New Rotax 912 engine setup dynamically adjusts the oil temperature and tachometer gauges to reflect limitations specified by Rotax.
SV-NET-HUB: A new network connection device, the SV-NET-HUB, is now available to make it easier to install the SkyView system. With five network ports, it allows easier connection between multiple SkyView modules. The hub can be conveniently mounted where additional network connections are required. One port can connect to a SkyView display leaving four ports available for connection to the ADAHRS, EMS module, and autopilot servos.
INTRODUCED in January 2012:
NEW KAVLICO ENGINE PRESSURE SENSORS: We have switched our source of pressure sensors to solid-state Kavlico sensors. Kavlico is a US company that has been making high quality sensors for over 50 years, and is well known in the aviation industry. Engine sensor kits now include these new solid-state sensors, and we have optimized the sensor ranges to better match engine pressure ranges offering greater resolution and accuracy. (The older sensors and kits are still available if needed.)
The Kavlico solid-state sensors do require different wiring, with a third wire needed for 5-volt power.
The new Kavlico Pressure Sensors are:
NOTES: * All sensors are threaded 1/8-27 NPT.
* All sensors may be used for any liquid.
* The following shows the most common usage.
PART # PRICE DESCRIPTION
101690-000 $85 15 PSI Carbureted Fuel
101691-000 $85 30 PSI Coolant
101715-000 $85 5 PSI Gravity Fed Fuel
101716-000 $85 50 PSI Fuel Injected Fuel
NEW POCKETFMS AERODATA: PocketFMS now provides worldwide AeroData for SkyView, including all airspace, airports, runways, frequencies, obstacles, and waypoints. Coverage encompasses Europe, North America (including Canada), Australia, and New Zealand.
Based in The Netherlands, the PocketFMS Foundation has been providing aeronautical data since 2003. AeroData is professionally maintained and continuously updated from official Aeronautical Information Publications and enhanced and extended from a variety of other sources, including local expert contributors. AeroData for SkyView is updated every 28 days with the most current information. AeroData is available as a one year subscription for €119, and only one subscription is required per cockpit even those with two SkyView displays.
Orders for PocketFMS AeroData can be placed online at www.pocketfms.com/dynon/
INTRODUCED in September 2011: (Version 3.2 Firmware)
MAP PANNING: Pan around the map to see detailed airport, airspace, and terrain information for areas away from the current aircraft location. Airports, VORs, NDBs, Fixes, and arbitrary lat-long locations can be easily added as direct-to and flight plan waypoints. Just pan to a new location, push 'Nearest", and you receive a list of the aviation facilities closest to the cursor from which to obtain more infomaton or add as a destination or waypoint.
The Map user-interface has been optimized to be the fastest and most intuitive available:
* Pushing sidways on the Map joystick activates panning, and the lat-long location appears on the screen.
* At any time while panning you can zoom in to see more detail or out to gain a wide perspective, which also helps move the cursor quickly to a distant location.
* Pushing Direct-To sends you directly to the cursor location.
* Pushing NRST (Nearest) opens a list of the closest airports and nav aids to the cursor.
* Pushing "FIND" opens a menu that allows you to dial in the airport or nav aid identifier. name, or town, starting with those closest to the cursor.
MAP DATA: Political boundaries, including international and major state/province boundaries.
EFIS Serial Data Output: SkyView can now output flight data information through a RS-232 serial port, including NMEA standard GPS data that can be used by a 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter to broadcast aircraft location.
Larger Fonts and Improved Graphics: Answering a customer request, mostly by those using the SV-D7oo 7" display, the PFD fonts have been enlarged and improved for better readibility. The navigation annunciation near the HSI have been moved and have better transparent graphics to improve overall visibility.
VP-X Support: SkyView now is the user interface for the VP-X Electronic Circuit Breakers. The VP-X screen is very configurable, and it can show device status, current draw, faults, voltages, alternator status, overvoltage faults, and much more. The trim and flap position from the VP-X can be shown on the SkyView system as well as a VP-X master warning lamp and a starter annunciator lamp.
The VP-X information appears as a window along with the SkyView Engine Monitor, Primary Flight Display and GPS Moving Map. Pilots will be able to monitor the health of their electrical system, view and control the status of individual circuits, and respond to circuit faults using the SkyView display. VP-X is an optional software feature and requires a software license available from Dynon for $275.
INTRODUCED IN May 2011: (Version 3.1 Firmware)
MULTI-LEG FLIGHT PLANNING:Create and manipulate flight plans with multiple waypoints right on your SkyView display. Or, use any computer-based flight planner that supports the GPX file format to create flight plans at home!
SkyView can be set up to provide turn anticipation between flight plan legs. When configured this way, SkyView starts its turn guidance in advance of a waypoint to fly a transition that doesn't overshoot the next leg.
For times that a flight plan isn't needed "direct-to" capability is still as easy to use as it has been in previous Navigation Mapping Software version.
EMS Serial Data Output: SkyView can now output complete, realtime RS-232 data from the sensors and other inputs that are connected to the SV-EMS-220. ________________________________________________________________________
INTRODUCED IN MARCH 2011: (Version 3.0 Firmware)
WORLDWIDE NAVIGATION DATA: Dynon Avionics and Jeppesen have entered into an agreement to provide Jeppesen NavData® and obstacle services for SkyView. The avionics data offering for Dynon Avionics allows light sport and experimental aircraft pilots anywhere in the world to enjoy Jeppesen navigation data. Included is airport information, runways, navaids, and Com and Nav frequencies. More information about ordering data from Jeppesen is shown here. SV-MAP-270 is required to use Jeppesen data.
SV-MAP-270 GPS NAVIGATION SOFTWARE: This software enhancement to SkyView is available at the one-time cost of $500. It includes the the ability to use GPS navigation, airport, obstacles, navaid, runway, and Com and Nav frequency data. The user interface to find and view data is highly intuitive and easy to use. FAA navigation and obstacle data for flights in the US can be downloaded for free on the Dynon website. Outside the US, navigation and obstacle data can be purchased from Jeppesen.
Free Trial Notes: SV-GPS-270 can be used as a free trial for 30 hours of flight time. The 30 hours become active upon installation of 3.0, and only flight hours count. (You may use the trial for as long as you want while stationary, before the the 30 flight hours are used.)
ENHANCED HSI: With 3.0 the HSI display is larger with improved visibility.
G-METER: The SkyView G-Meter mixes a classic analog display with some digital magic to offer amazing graphics and functionality. Because you don't need navigation while performing aerobatics, the G-Meter is pilot selectable to replace the HSI making it large and easily visible. Magnetic heading always remains visible. Resettable Min/Max G's flank the instantaneous value. The G-Meter can be toggled on and off manually, or it can be set to pop up on user-defined G thresholds.
COMING SOON: In the next several months. (We are working on many features in parallel, and every item requires extensive testing before we release it. So this schedule is not a guarantee of the release date of any specific feature.)
* Enhanced mapping and charting... more data at your finger tips
TOP SECRET: No schedule yet, but these are some of new features we are working on to continue to enhance your SkyView System. We're not telling all that we are planning... sometimes we like to surprise everyone.
* Coupled autopilot vertical navigation
* SkyView Com radios
Download a copy of the SkyView Installation Guide.