Pilots may configure up to 25 lists within the D100 series for use as either Checklists, Aviation Data pages or other reminders. These screens are created on a PC using Dynon's free Product Support Program
and then uploaded into the instrument.
The lists most often created are checklists covering start-up, pre-take-off, cruise, landing and different emergency scenarios. Checklists are presented as 2/3 page size allowing the native instrument function to always be present. This is ideal in an emergency situation: pilots can quickly call up the appropriate page and still have their native function present while they continue to fly the airplane.
In identical fashion to checklists, pilots may additionally generate screens of aviation related data that they'd like to keep handy. Typical items might include airport data for those airports most frequently flown to, specific aircraft airspeed limits, light gun signals, emergency transponder codes or other items as typically presented on knee boards or found in flight manuals.
Creative uses might include logging oil changes, engine repairs or maintaining key phone numbers of suppliers, repair facilities etc. In short, creative individuals can imagine many ways to utilize this wide open resource as another way to view conveniently aviation related data with the push of a few buttons.
Dynon's ADAHRS platform contains a group of tightly integrated sensors that allow it to accurately sense attitude, airspeed, altitude, turn rate, the slip/skid ball, and vertical g's. A set of three electronic MEMS-type accelerometers measure forces on all axes. Three electronic MEMS-type angular rate sensors (the modern electronic equivalent of "gyros") measure rotational rates on all axes. Three electronic magnetic sensors determine heading, and since Earth's magnetic field is also measured on all axes the heading is accurate with the aircraft in any orientation. Finally, three electronic pressure transducers are used to measure airspeed, altitude, and angle of attack (when equipped with Dynon's optional AOA/Pitot probe) via direct connection to your aircraft's pitot and static sources.
No moving parts
Dynon Avionics' instruments are all electronic, do not need vacuum, have no spinning gyros inside, and in fact contain no moving parts whatsoever. They cannot be damaged by aggressive maneuvers or unusual attitudes like conventional attitude indicators and gyros can. Aerobatic pilots fly behind Dynon instruments without worrying about them: no moving parts means no "caging" is needed to prevent damage as is required with older mechanical gyros.
Works in any orientation
Conventional attitude indicators are prone to tumbling and degraded performance at unusual attitudes. Dynon's ADAHRS, though, will sense accurately no matter what direction the aircraft is pointed. The Dynon ADAHRS is also capable of using its different sensors in combinations that eliminate old frustrations. For example, roll and turn rate information is used to stabilize the magnetic heading and reduce the "lead and lag" effects that wet compasses suffer from. Additionally, airspeed information is used to further increase the integrity of the attitude information.
Turns on as soon as power is applied - every time, at any time, and without delay. No bulky crash-prone operating system here!
Instead of building products on top of pre-made operating systems and stock computer boards, Dynon Avionics designs and builds its products in-house. This deep level of integration means that Dynon-equipped pilots do not experience system crashes and lock-ups. Rather than behaving like a fragile computer system that needs time to boot, Dynon products simply turn on and display an accurate attitude within seconds of power up. There is no need to sit around and wait for "alignment" - Dynon's ADAHRS is ready to take off before you are. And unlike competing products, Dynon's ADAHRS can be powered up in flight and will automatically determine the correct attitude within SECONDS. Other EFIS systems can take minutes to figure out which way is up or require that you manually remind it where the sky really is.
Works when the lights go out
When equipped with the optional rechargeable Li-Ion backup battery Dynon EFIS systems will stay alive for hours should your aircraft experience electrical failure.
Before Dynon Avionics unleashed the best selling EFIS-D10
on the market, glass cockpit EFIS technology was only widely available in high-end business aircraft and airliners. Dynon's real breakthrough is the ability to offer glass cockpit technology at prices that are accessible to the rest of us. This, combined with a stellar reputation for taking care of our customers, has made Dynon Avionics' products the most popular in the homebuilt and light sport aviation communities. Today, the Dynon Avionics EFIS-D10A
retails for just $2200. The 7" screened EFIS-D100
is just $200 more, and the new FlightDEK-D180
integrates engine monitoring for $3200. Dynon's new line of simpler, lower cost EFIS systems retail for $1600 (EFIS-D6
) and $1900 (EFIS-D60
EFIS Menu/Navigation System
Six buttons lined up across the bottom of the LCD provide access to the various functions of the instrument. Each button acts as a “Softkey” control or function as defined by the menu system label presented immediately above each button. The menus are normally hidden to maximize the use of the screen when not in use. Pressing any of the buttons activates the menu system which then assists the pilot to the desired function.
The menu system is arranged in a hierarchy with those most frequently used near the front end. Softkey functions include:
- Setting the Barometer
- Setting Bugs for:
- Displaying Checklists or Aviation Data
- Starting the Timer or Setting the Clock
- Dimming the Screen for Night Flight
- Powering the Instrument
- Setting the Correct Pitch on the Attitude Display
- G-Meter Recorder Reset
- Setup Parameters including items like:
- Units of Measurement
- Airspeed Bar Colors
- Screen Declutter
- Calibration of AOA and Magnetic Heading
7" Color SuperBright Screen
The D100 series all utilize Dynon's newest 7” diagonal, sunlight-readable, color LCD. This display boasts a 854 x 480 pixel display that delivers up to three times the resolution offered by competitive units. This high resolution, combined with the D100 series' fast screen processor, result in a display that is crisp, fluid, and detailed.
The LCD's built-in backlight has a wide dynamic range with a top end of 800 nits with the standard Super-Bright display for easy viewing in bright daylight conditions. It can dim all the way down to 0.8 nits to accommodate night flight. Pilots may manually adjust the backlight to their viewing preference.
In addition to the very attractive appearance, the high resolution additionally affords split-screen configurations that seamlessly present the primary flight instrument data page along with auxiliary information. Further, when connected to other Dynon Avionics products using the Dynon Smart Avionics Bus, this split-screen capability permits pages from those other instruments to be displayed on the D100 series screen.
Dynon's large 7" screen format has been an immediate hit with pilots. The larger screen not only makes reading the numbers easier, but also facilitates a rapid scan when transitioning from outside to the instrument panel.
Super-Bright Screen Standard
All 7” screen D100 series products are shipped with the Dynon super-bright screen. This brighter display, which is also available as an upgrade on all older non-bright D100 series products, doubles the light output from 400 nits to 800. This increased light transmission improves screen contrast and legibility substantially on bright, sunny days, without sacrificing the LCD operating life or increasing power requirements.
Split Screen Capability
Dynon's class-leading high resolution LCD not only translates into reduced eyestrain, but also enables viewing of additional data in a split-screen format without compromising the fidelity of the primary flight instruments. The new split-screen feature partitions the display to simultaneously show the primary flight instruments along with additional interchangeable pages. This presentation method is much preferred and superior over systems that force the pilot to pick one view at the loss of another vital function.
The new split-screen feature partitions the screen into two parts. Each split portion of the screen may be filled with pages either supplied by the native instrument or by another Dynon instrument connected via the DSAB (Dynon Smart Avionics Bus).
The display is available in a variety of screen configurations as depicted.
Each pages is written specifically for and optimized for each screen size. For example, everything possible on a full (3/3) screen size EFIS page will not be available on the smaller 1/3 EFIS page.
Selecting the Desired Screen
Up to 10 predefined screen configurations may be stored in the instrument at this time. Pilots may arrange the available configured screens in the order desired. Access to each screen in flight is directly accessible via hotkey buttons that will sequence through a pre-ordered list known as the "Hotkey Rotation".
Not all defined screen configurations need to be sequenced into the Hotkey Rotation. They are typically reserved only for those screens most often needed or desired in flight. A separate menu is provided to allow pilots to call up the entire list of stored screens whenever occasion demands.
Every possible split screen configuration available on the FlightDEK-D180, EFIS-D100, and EMS-D120 can be viewed HERE
Free Software Updates
While many companies build their business models on repeat charges via expensive software updates and upgrades, Dynon has adopted a more appealing customer-centric model. Dynon's approach offers firmware updates
entirely free. These updates are readily available via downloads from the Dynon Avionics web site. This well-received approach assures instrument owners a fixed cost (the instrument purchase) while allowing them to keep current with new features as they are released.
Tray Mounting System
All D100 series instruments come equipped with a mounting tray that permits easy frontal installation and removal of the instrument. A single hidden front-mounted screw secures the instrument to the tray and panel. The trays are constructed of light aluminum and are attached to the rear of the panel.