Pilots may configure up to 25 lists within the D10A system for use as either checklists or aviation data. The checklists most often created cover start-up, pre-take-off, cruise, landing and different emergency scenarios.
In addition 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 collect and conveniently retrieve aviation related data with the push of a few buttons.
These lists are produced on a PC using Dynon's free Product Support Program
and then uploaded into the instrument.
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
EFIS Screen Layout
Full-feature Flight Instrument
The primary functions supplied with the EFIS-D10A include:
- Attitude Indicator
- Airspeed Indicator
- Vertical Speed Indicator
- Gyro-Stabilized Magnetic Compass
- Turn Rate
- Horizontal Situation Indicator
- Angle of Attack (with AOA/Pitot option)
- Altitude Encoder Output
- Density Altitude & True Airspeed Computer (see OAT Option for dynamic readings)
Dynon Avionics products are equipped with the Dynon Smart Avionics Bus (DSAB). DSAB allows Dynon products to be connected to each other. When connected, DSAB allows all display elements and features from any connected products to be utilized across all screens in the system.
Dynon instruments connected with DSAB are effectively be transformed from single instruments into multi-function units capable of displaying information from any connected unit. This capability is included with every Dynon Avionics product at no additional cost.
DSAB effectively allows display pages from one Dynon instrument to be shared and viewed on another Dynon instrument. A terrific example where this works really well is for those cockpits equipped with an EFIS positioned on the pilot's side of the panel and an EMS located directly in front of the copilot. Both pilots have full access to the identical set of EFIS and EMS display pages immediately available in front of them. This will be appreciated by all those who have flown from the copilot's position while straining their necks to read the instruments on the far left side of the panel. The pilot will benefit too, as all engine information can be presented on the EFIS in either full screen or split screen format.