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. For a complete list of the latest classes at airshows and at our facilities in Woodinville Wa, please visit our Training page.
SkyView Current Features and Updates: Please see SkyView Features List for a detailed list of current features. For a complete list of the most current Downloads for SkyView, please go here. There is also a detailed running list of all of the new features that each SkyView software version introduced.
INTRODUCED in July 2016:
Dynon Avionics - the market leaders in experimental and light sport avionics - today unveiled SkyView HDX - The Premier SkyView Experience.
SkyView HDX is the new flagship SkyView system from Dynon, the market leaders in experimental and light sport avionics. SkyView HDX features improved displays, beautiful design, unrivaled control ergonomics, and an upgraded touch interface. SkyView HDX displays are compatible with all existing SkyView components and feature identical mounting profiles and electrical connections. Robert Hamilton, Dynon President, says “After spending thousands of hours sweating the details, homebuilders are rightfully proud of their aircraft. They deserve the premier glass panel: SkyView HDX.“
Clear, Vibrant Displays: SkyView HDX features brighter, higher-resolution HD touchscreen displays with wider viewing angles and improved anti-reflective properties for the sharpest picture ever.
Beautiful Design: SkyView HDX’s modern, elegant design features robust metal and glass construction that is worthy of being in your aircraft.
Unrivaled Control Ergonomics: SkyView HDX expands the SkyView philosophy of combining full physical controls with a touchscreen. SkyView HDX’s angled control panel allows for natural hand positioning, reducing fatigue. The wide, sculpted ledge allows you to anchor your hand for precise control in turbulence. New knobs have positive and crisp movement, and all controls are now fully-backlit for night flight.
Improved Touch Interface: SkyView HDX features icon-driven touch controls and simplified screen navigation for reduced workload. The new engine monitor instrument band along the bottom of the screen affords an ideal instrument scan. The expansive glass display features edge-to-edge touchability with no bezel in the way.
Capable and Compatible: SkyView HDX utilizes the same components and modules as existing SkyView systems. It also features the same mounting footprint and wiring as other SkyView displays, allowing drop-in upgrades for pilots already flying behind SkyView. SkyView HDX displays can also work side-by-side with SkyView Touch and SkyView Classic displays.
For More information about SkyView HDX, CLICK HERE
INTRODUCED in March 2016:
Dynon is excited to introduce the newest member of the SkyView family. Dynon's new SkyView SE system offers a streamlined and simplified experience for pilots of simple VFR aircraft. The SV-D600 7" and SV-D900 10" displays are priced hundreds of dollars lower than existing SkyView displays.
SkyView SE displays are made specifically for VFR aircraft and pilots who want the most intuitive flight and engine instruments on the market. They feature simple and clear displays, with almost no menus to navigate in flight. At the same time, SkyView SE retains modern, innovative Dynon EFIS capabilities like SkyView’s revolutionary COM radio interface and 2-axis autopilot with single-touch controls.
Without mapping capabilities, even the 7" SkyView SE display has a large, easy-to-read Primary Flight Display, including pilot-selectable six-pack "steam gauges". With its simplified feature set and installation, SkyView SE is the successor to Dynon’s legacy D100 series products (which remain available). SkyView SE systems configured like their D100 series counterparts are similar in price. SkyView SE displays have the same dimensions and mounting requirements as existing SkyView 7” and 10” displays.
Dynon expects SkyView SE to be popular with ultralight and simple light sport aircraft, where its low weight and low cost help make factory-built aircraft affordable. For aircraft in the US market, SkyView SE systems equipped with Dynon’s Mode S transponder and SV-GPS-2020 offer the lowest cost integrated glass panel system meeting FAA 2020 ADS-B Out requirements.
The 7” SV-D600 and 10” SV-D900 displays are priced at $1850 and $3100, respectively. A complete 7” SkyView SE system with primary flight instruments starts at $3305 including harnesses. For only $2790 more, SkyView SE customers can add the SV-XPNDR-261 Mode S Transponder (with ADS-B Out) and SV-GPS-2020 GPS Receiver/Antenna. Aircraft so equipped will be 100% compliant with the FAA’s upcoming ADS-B Out mandate.
For More information about SkyView SE, CLICK HERE INTRODUCED in January 2016:
Dynon Avionics’ breakthrough SV-GPS-2020 is now shipping. The SV-GPS-2020 enables General Aviation’s most affordable ADS-B Out 2020-compliant solution.
The new SV-GPS-2020 GPS Receiver/Antenna from Dynon lets new and existing SkyView and Advanced AF-5000 series customers add a 2020-compliant GPS position source for ADS-B Out for only $590. As a drop-in replacement for the existing SV-GPS-250 receiver, owners of existing systems do not need to run any additional wires, coax, or install any new boxes in their aircraft.
When combined with Dynon’s SV-XPNDR-261 Mode-S transponder, SkyView and Advanced Flight Systems customers meet all the 2020 mandate transponder and ADS-B Out requirements for $2790. Pilots can also add the SV-ADSB-470 Traffic and Weather ADS-B Receiver for the best-possible situational awareness in their aircraft.
SV-GPS-2020 Software Support
SkyView v14 includes support for the SV-GPS-2020, allowing US pilots to meet the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B Out requirements when paired with the SV-XPNDR-261 Mode-S transponder. SkyView’s new GPS Fix Status page and updated FAR 91.227 Compliance Status page help you ensure that you installation is configured properly.
Update for Continued ADS-B Traffic Reception (SIL/SDA 1 Issue)
Prior to early 2016, a SkyView system using an SV-GPS-250 as the GPS position source for ADS-B Out transmitted a SIL and SDA of 0. Beginning in 2016, a SIL and SDA of 1 is required by the FAA for the ADS-B infrastructure to transmit ADS-B traffic data to individual aircraft.
Using both internal and FAA-provided data, Dynon Avionics has conducted a rigorous analysis of the service history and field use of the SV-GPS-250 and the SkyView system as a whole. This analysis supports the use of the Dynon Avionics SV-GPS-250 as an ADS-B Position Source with a SIL/SDA level of 1. Dynon Avionics implemented the change to SIL/SDA in January 2016 as part of SkyView firmware version 14.0.
Note that this change only pertains to the SV-GPS-250. Aircraft equipped with an SV-GPS-2020 aircraft will transmit even higher SIL/SDA levels for full 2020-compliance.
Pilots who have VNAV autopilot approach capability via a NAV radio or IFR GPS can now activate a “go-around” mode with the touch of a button. This allows the autopilot to continue to reduce the workload in a go-around situation.
When in VNAV mode, go-around mode can be activated via any of 3 mechanisms: pressing any of the Nose Up button on the SV-AP-PANEL, the AUTOPILOT > PITCH > GO AROUND button on-screen, or an optionally-connected external button. Go-around mode changes the AP lateral mode to TRK mode with the approach inbound course as the target. Pitch mode is switched to either IAS or VS mode (dependent on setup) with the default climb VS or IAS selected. An “ADD POWER” annunciation is also provided on the PFD page.
Rotax 912 iS Improvements
Most Rotax 912 iS pilots are familiar with the two EMS lamps that let them know whether an engine issue requires that the aircraft be landed immediately. SkyView v14 adds two new alerts to aid pilots in interpreting those lamps. ROTAX: LIMIT FLIGHT OP is provided for engine issues that do not require an immediate landing. ROTAX: LAND AIRCRAFT is used for issues that do require that the aircraft be landed as soon as possible. This guidance is identical to that which Rotax provides in its engine operation guide. Note that installers can still connect the Rotax ECU lamp discrete outputs to SkyView contact inputs to display the actual lamps on a SkyView EMS page.
Over 30 More Software Improvements
SkyView v14 includes over 30 more features and improvements. See the full list HERE.
The SV-GPS-2020 is available directly from Dynon Avionics, Advanced Flight Systems, and their dealers.
INTRODUCED in July 2015: Dynon Avionics announces a wave of new products and initiatives at AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, led by aviation’s most affordable 2020-compliant ADS-B Out solution.
The new SV-GPS-2020 GPS Receiver/Antenna lets new and existing SkyView and Advanced AF-5000 series customers add a 2020-compliant GPS position source for ADS-B Out for only $590. As a drop-in replacement for the existing SV-GPS-250 receiver, owners of existing systems do not need to run any additional wires, coax, or install any new boxes in their aircraft. Learn More
For customers outside of the US, SkyView 13.0 System Software debuts support for German or French translations in SkyView and additional en-route charts. At release, partners offering charts include PocketFMS (Europe), OzRunways (Australia / New Zealand) and AvPlan EFB (Australia / New Zealand).
SkyView’s synthetic vision adds predictive terrain alerts that dynamically shade terrain in yellow or red based on the aircraft’s projected flight path.
Terrain Alerting plus Charts in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
Parlez vous Francais? French ICAO charts also shown.
Availability: SkyView 13.0 will be available shortly after Oshkosh.
Dynon Builder Support Team and AdvancedPanels Offer Complete Solutions for Homebuilders
These two complementary programs provide the most complete avionics solutions possible for experimental aircraft homebuilders.
For homebuilders who revel in the details, the new Dynon Builder Support Team’s goal is to guide pilots from “first dream to first flight” by eliminating obstacles that builders face as they create their dream panel. Debuting at Oshkosh 2015 is the first wave of accessory products that complement their major avionics purchases. The first products to become available include an Autopilot Level Button, Dual ADAHRS Mounting Kit, AOA/Pitot/Static Installation Kit, Panel Module Faceplate Blank, ADS-B Harness, Transponder Harness, and Transponder and ADS-B Antennas.
Autopilot Level Button
Dual ADAHRS Mounting Kit
Pitot/Static/AOA Pneumatic Installation Kit
For those who would rather leave their whole panel to the experts, our Advanced Flight Systems division offers the AdvancedPanel System.
Each AdvancedPanel is a fully-engineered and integrated panel of avionics that is professionally wired, configured, tested and ready to install. AdvancedPanel include all switches and harnesses, which all connect through the exclusive Advanced Control Module. Learn More
INTRODUCED in April 2015:
New Remote Magnetometer for SkyView
In some aircraft, finding a suitable location for the ADAHRS is challenging due to competing location requirements for the air data, attitude, and magnetic heading sensors. To ease installation, Dynon now offers the SV-MAG-236, an optional remote magnetometer that lets customers install the magnetic sensors in an ideal location in the aircraft. The SV-MAG-236 is has a list price of $180, but will be available at introduction for $140. More Info
SV-MAG-236 Remote Magnetometer
SkyView 12.2 SkyView Software
SkyView 12.2 includes a software update for SkyView’s SV-XPNDR-261 transponders. This update adds support for the ADS-B+ data format required to use the Garmin GTN and GNS (WAAS versions) IFR navigators as a GPS position source for FAA 2020 ADS-B mandate compliance credit. Pilots that have these navigators installed in their aircraft and connected to SkyView’s SV-XPNDR-261 are encouraged to update to SkyView 12.2 and enable ADS-B+ format support on both SkyView and their navigator. SkyView 12.2 is expected to be released in late April.
ADS-B / TFR Improvements
SkyView now saves ADS-B weather and all active/upcoming TFRs across restarts. This gives the pilot access to weather and TFR information that is still valid when SkyView is turned back on, eliminating the wait for a full refresh from the ADS-B system after a quick stop for fuel or lunch. Stadium TFRs in the US are now distributed with SkyView’s free US aviation and obstacle databases since the FAA no longer broadcasts them via the ADS-B FIS-B service.
INTRODUCED in April 2015:
Transfer Flight Plans between SkyView and ForeFlight Mobile
Wi-Fi connectivity to ForeFlight via the new Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView
Plan your flights at home using ForeFlight Mobile's comprehensive flight planning features. Once at the airplane, save time by sending the planned route to your SkyView system via W-Fi. Flight plans sent from ForeFlight can be edited on SkyView and flown by the SkyView Autopilot. You can transfer updated flight plans between the devices at any time. More Info
INTRODUCED in January 2015:
The SkyView Autopilot can now automatically keep the aircraft in trim while under autopilot control, eliminating the need for the pilot to manually actuate their trim to satisfy the Autopilot's built-in trim advice. This feature requires that the aircraft has an SV-AP-PANEL and is using its integrated trim controller for electric trim servo actuation. Auto-Trim can be configured on pitch and/or roll axes.
OBS Mode (Virtual VOR)
OBS Mode allows pilots to easily set and adjust an inbound course to any navigable point on the map. That inbound course may then be easily adjusted with the HSI CRS knob, similar to how one chooses a VOR radial. This feature is useful to approach an airport from a specific direction, for example, without having to create a second waypoint to create a full flight plan leg. Pilots can essentially treat any point on the map as a "virtual VOR".
OBS Mode - Turned On
OBS Mode - Course Changed
Optional In-Air Magnetic Calibration
Pilots can now perform an optional in-flight magnetic heading calibration routine in addition to the existing ground calibration. Pilots that opt to perform this calibration are likely to see improved magnetic heading performance during flight maneuvers. It can also improve heading performance in aircraft where the ADAHRS is subject to localized magnetic interference.
Other SkyView 12 Features
With over 40 new features and improvements to SkyView, Dynon delivers on its commitment to continually provide value and keep SkyView state-of-the-art. As always, SkyView 12 software is available as a free update for all SkyView customers. Updated documentation is also available, with red-line versions that capture the changes since version 11. There's a full set of release notes that detail every feature, improvement, and bug fix.
Just a few of the new features in SkyView 12 are:
Over a dozen new customizable Aircraft Icons to choose from on the HSI and moving map. It even includes a 747 for those who dream big.
New option under MAP MENU > MAP ITEMS > TFR OPACITY that allows pilots to change the opacity of TFRs. This can be used to tune the visibility of co-located TFRs and underlying map features.
Map zoom/range knob can be reversed so that clockwise rotation "zooms in" to the map (decreases range) to suit pilot preference.
MAP joystick/knob function can be set to either the left or right joystick/knob when MAP is full-screen (100% Page).
INTRODUCED in July 2014:
8.33 kHz COM Radio
Dynon’s SkyView COM Radio reinvented the pilot interface for radios. With dedicated buttons for tuning tower, ground, weather, and ATC frequencies, it saves time and reduces pilot workload. The SV-COM-X83 brings the same capability to Europe with 8.33 kHz frequency spacing. The 8.33 kHz transceiver module is TSO’d. The SV-COM-X83 comes in horizontal and vertical versions and will be available in August for a list price of $2195.
With SkyView 11 Software, all SkyView Touch and new SkyView screens can display video in both full-screen and split-screen formats when equipped with a Video Input Adapter. Video sources connect via s-video or composite input. Both NTSC and PAL formats are supported for worldwide compatibility. The Video Input Adapter for SkyView will be available in August for $195.
Other SkyView 11 Features
With over 60 new features and improvements in SkyView 11, Dynon continues to advance SkyView’s state-of-the-art capabilities. As always, SkyView 11 software is available as a free update for all SkyView customers. Just a few of the new features in SkyView 11 are:
A pilot-selectable wide field of view mode for synthetic vision.
Color-coded airport weather icons on the map when equipped with an SV-ADSB-470 module.
The ability to synchronize the altimeter setting to the nearest station’s METAR report (requires SV-ADSB-470).
Support for third-party 8.33 kHz COM radios. Supported radios include the f.u.n.k.e. ATR833, Garmin GTR 225 & GNC 255, and Trig TY91/92.
Decluttering of airspaces outside of a pilot-specified altitude band above and below the aircraft.
INTRODUCED in March 2014:
SkyView Touch SV-D1000T
"Touch when you want it. Turbulence when you don't."
With SkyView Touch™, Dynon created an interface designed to complement - not replace - the physical controls on SkyView. SkyView Touch™ adds the convenience of touch when you want it but keeps a full set of buttons and joystick knobs for precise control in turbulence.
Dedicated Control Panels
Complementing SkyView displays are the new SV-KNOB-PANEL and SV-AP-PANEL Control Panels, designed to minimize workload and provide the pilot the most intuitive and direct interface. The Knob Control Panel has dedicated controls for the most-frequently adjusted items - altitude bug, altimeter setting (baro), and heading/track bug. The Autopilot Control Panel provides single button activation of all autopilot modes, including LEVEL mode and flight director. Both products are backlit, dimmed by SkyView, and available in horizontal and vertical versions.
The SV-AP-PANEL autopilot control panel has a built-in two-axis speed-sensitive trim controller.
“Six-Pack” Primary Flight Instrument Display
Pilots new to glass can transition with ease utilizing SkyView’s new “six-pack” primary flight instruments. Familiar round gauge depictions bridge the classic “retro” instruments with the state-of-the-art. Pilots can switch between six-pack and the modernized EFIS display instantaneously. The six-pack mode is included in the free 10.0 software upgrade.
Dual and Large Engine Support
Customers with two engines can now equip with dual EMS modules to monitor each engine independently. Two engine modules can also be used by pilots with larger engines to monitor all of their EGTs and CHTs, eliminating the need for them to choose which cylinders to monitor. Up to 28 total EGTs and CHTs can be monitored along with all other typical engine sensors.
VFR Sectionals and IFR En-route Charts
SkyView’s map gains geo-referenced VFR sectional charts and IFR Lo/Hi charts with SkyView 10 software. ALL US charts are nowavailable through a partnership with Seattle Avionics at no price increase from the existing procedure chart subscriptions. This means that $119 will buy customers a year of IFR/VFR procedure charts (plates), VFR sectionals, IFR Lo/Hi charts, and all FAA and Flight Guide airport diagrams. All products are geo-referenced. With US digital airport/aviation/obstacle data available free from Dynon’s website, there aren’t any added hidden database costs.
Audible Gear and Water Landing Alerts
Audible landing gear alerts based on aircraft configuration and airspeed. Airspeed-triggered ‘gear up for water’ / ‘gear down for land’ audible alerts for amphibious aircraft.
Other 10.0 Software Features
The ability to filter the nearest airport list by runway length, surface, and airport type
ADS-B winds aloft forecasts
Altitude Intercept Arc shows a cyan arc projected at the place on the map that the aircraft will intercept the altitude bug based on the current climb/descent rate
Flight plans from ARINC-429 IFR GPS navigators such as the GNS and GTN series can be displayed on SkyView’s map (including holds and other procedure turns) and SkyView’s flight plan display
Vertical Speed Required info item on the map and VSI tape gives the pilot quick insight about the descent rate needed to reach an adjustable point above/before the destination
Engine instruments can now be livened up with new color options, including blue, white, violet, cyan, and orange
INTRODUCED in December 2013:
European Chart Support with Launch Partner PocketFMS
In addition to VFR and IFR procedure charts and airport diagrams, European chart subscriptions include the visual approach, landing, and area charts that European pilots need to navigate effectively near airports.
Our launch partner is PocketFMS, who already provides digital aviation (AeroData) databases for SkyView customers in Europe. Charts from PocketFMS are available to all customers with a full PocketFMS Frequent Flyer membership. Frequent Flyer membership costs €150 per year and includes AeroData, charts (including Pooleys for the UK), airport diagrams, and visual approach charts. More Purchase Information.
European chart availability is much less centralized than it is in the US. Dynon supports multiple European chart data vendors so customers can choose the solution that best works for their region. Seattle Avionics, already a US SkyView chart data provider, expects to have their European charting solution available in the coming weeks. European ChartData subscriptions from Seattle Avionics will cost €199, and will also exclude German DFS charts. For more information about the differences between PocketFMS and Seattle Avionics chart subscriptions, see this page.
INTRODUCED in September 2013:
Geo-Referenced Charts and Airport Diagrams (US only)
Dynon worked hard to give you a robust and affordable solution for charts. We partnered with Seattle Avionics (425.806.0249) and got the lowest price in the industry at only $119 a year in the USA for all your Geo-referenced charts. That's airport diagrams, including over 5,000 FlightGuide diagrams, and all your approach plates, procedures, etc. Zooming, panning, and even following your plane on the center of the screen are all included.
Map Items Selection with the Map Pointer
You can now use the map pointer on the map to select airports, airspaces, and just about everything else you can see. Once selected, the object highlights, and details show up in a window. This is a fast way to find airspace altitudes, or select an airport for DTO or more info. The cursor also lets you select a point on the earth and see the elevation as well as how high above it you are (or below!)
SkyView now has powerful Up/Down timers, which are easy to configure, use, and understand. Audio alerting on expiration is standard, and so is resetting a count down timer to the last value used. You can even run separate timers on different screens if you have multiple SkyView displays. Look for the new TOOLS button on the main SkyView menu to use this feature.
Fuel tank Switch Reminder
Sure, Dynon can give you a simple countdown alert every X minutes when the engine is running, and we did. But we did more. You also have the option for an alert every X gallons used. So you can get a reminder every 4 gallons, which is really what you want when you are trying to keep your tanks balanced. An audio announcement to switch tanks is generated when this time or quantity expires. This is an independent feature of the Up/Down timer so you can use both at the same time.
The Nearest list now includes the nearest ATC and FSS frequencies. This is in the USA only and requires the free FAA database from Dynon.
All airports now include the Approach/Departure frequencies you should use, even if they are not a primary airport that has Approach/Departure services from the local tower.
Faster Expert autopilot controls
When using the Expert autopilot, you can now just press NOSE UP or NOSE DOWN when in ALT HOLD mode, and the aircraft will switch to VS mode at your default climb or descent rate. This means you can just dial in a new altitude with the alt knob and press NOSE UP and the plane will climb, rather than needing to press VS, NOSE UP, NOSE UP, NOSE UP, NOSE UP, NOSE UP to get a 500 FPM climb.
Improved Synthetic Vision
SynVis in SkyView now draws the image all the way to the horizon, with no sharp cut off at a fixed distance. Shorelines and water are also smoothed and look much nicer.
Improved Direct-To behavior
Now if you press Direct-To (DTO) while on a flight plan, the default will always be to take you direct-to the next point on your flight plan without canceling your flight plan. Great for small diversions around weather or traffic. Another customer requested feature!
SkyView Firmware Version 6.0 now available here which adds new features to the SkyView Autopilot, including the new Simplified and Expert controls. Version 6.0 also adds COM Radio support to SkyView. For a full list of new features and changes in 6.0 see this page.
The new Autopilot features give both VFR and IFR pilots flying with the SkyView Autopilot everything they need to make the flight enjoyable and even safer. Both controls add the new LEVEL button which when pressed, the autopilot will immediately return the aircraft to straight and level flight.
Expert Controls enable the SkyView to fly VNAV, IAS Hold, mode sequencing, fully-coupled approaches, show 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.
Simplified Controls streamline the controls to the modes pilots need and use the most with the activation reduced to a single button press. These modes include 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, and the 180 degree turn around button which immediate turns the aircraft around to the left and maintains current altitude.
INTRODUCED in April 2013 (Expected Shipping June 2013):SV-COM-C25
COM Radio: The SkyView COM Radio 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, it 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:
All sensors are threaded 1/8-27 NPT.
All sensors may be used for any liquid.
The following shows the most common usage.
15 PSI Carbureted Fuel
30 PSI Coolant
5 PSI Gravity Fed Fuel
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.
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 information or add as a destination or waypoint.
The Map user-interface has been optimized to be the fastest and most intuitive available:
Pushing sideways 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 readability. 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, real time 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.