SV-SYNVIS-280 (Synthetic Vision) and SV-MAP-270 (Navigation Data) FAQ

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SkyView can display terrain data (look down and Synthetic Vision) and navigation data. Prior to SkyView firmware version 3.0, both capabilities were not full-featured. As of SkyView firmware 3.0, both terrain data display (SV-SYNVIS-280) and navigation data (SV-MAP-270) are fully featured and must be purchased to display them on SkyView.


Terrain data is used for SkyView's Synthetic Vision capability. Three terrain data files are required:

  • High Resolution Terrain - Worldwide by Region (SkyView ships with North America; customers in other areas must download other High Resolution Terrain files).
  • Low Resolution Terrain - Worldwide (SkyView ships with this file).
  • Very Low Resolution Terrain - Worldwide (SkyView ships with this file as of version 3.0 firmware; previous customers must download and install this file).

The above databases are provided free at

Once installed, these files do not need to be updated (mountains don't move very often).

There is a one-time $100 fee to enable synthetic vision (SV-SYNVIS-280) on EACH SkyView display. However, the vast majority of SkyView displays bundle SV-SYNVIS-280 into the purchase price of the SkyView display.


Demo Mode

SkyView firmware version 3.0 ships with a free trial of the SkyView SV-MAP-270 GPS Navigation software. The trial mode lasts for 30 hours of flight time. The 30 hours become active upon installation of 3.0, and only FLIGHT hours of SkyView operation count against the 30 hours. (You may use the trial for as long as you want while stationary, before the the 30 flight hours are used.)

Note that SV-MAP-270 is the CAPABILITY to display Navigation data - it is NOT the Navigation data!

The 30 flight-hour demo is to give you a chance to evaluate whether like the map capability on SkyView and want to purchase the optional SV-MAP-270 license for $500 (price is per SkyView SYSTEM - does not have to be purchased for each SkyView Display).

When you fly through the 30 flight-hours demo period, the next time SkyView is powered up, the map button will not appear and you will not be able to display maps.

Purchasing SV-MAP-270

SV-MAP-270 is a product sold just like any other Dynon Avionics product. It can be stocked by, and purchased from all authorized Dynon dealers, or purchased directly from Dynon Avionics.

Only ONE SV-MAP-270 must to be purchased for to enable SV-MAP-270 on any aircraft (SkyView system). While SV-MAP-270 is installed on only one SkyView display, doing so enables SV-MAP-270 on all other SkyView displays that are permanently connected.

Unlike SV-SYNVIS-280, SV-MAP-270 is not purchased "bundled" on a SkyView display. SV-MAP-270 may be bought concurrently WITH a SkyView display, but the customer (or the dealer or installer, on the customer's behalf) is required to install SV-MAP-270 by inputing the SV-MAP-270 code into (one of) their SkyView display(s).

When SV-MAP-270 is purchased, the customer receives a (paper) Certificate. Printed on the (paper) certificate is a Certificate Code, which is redeemable, ONE TIME, for a License Code. The license code is a unique six character alphanumeric string that is entered into a SkyView display.

As explained on the Certificate, the Certificate Code is redeemed for a License Code by going to and entering some basic information along with the Certificate Code. Note that doing so 1) invalidates the Certificate Code - it can never be used again, and 2) generates a License Code that is unique to only one specific SkyView display. The resulting License code will be emailed to the customer within 24 hours. If the License Code email is not received within 24 hours - contact Dynon by phone - 425-402-0433 or email - and the License Code can be recovered.

Note that when buying SV-MAP-270 directly from Dynon, such as a phone purchase, the customer may request that Dynon sales personnel process the Certificate Code for a License code to expedite the installation of SV-MAP-270 on the customer's SkyView display. At a minimum, the Dynon sales personnel will need to know the type of SkyView display (SV-D700 [7-inch] or SV-D1000 [10-inch]) and the serial number of the SkyView display.

The License Code is installed on a SkyView display: SETUP > LOCAL SCREEN SETUP > LICENSE > LICENSE CODE.

If the License Code is valid for that SkyView display, the "MAP TRIAL MODE - XX HOURS REMAIN" will no longer be displayed OR if the 30 Flight Hour demo was exceeded, map display will again be an option on all SkyView displays.

If the SkyView display with the License Code fails or is removed from the aircraft (disconnected from SkyView Network), a different "30 Flight Hour limit" is activated. Warnings of remaining Flight Hours will commence when 10 Flight Hours remain. If this is an issue, please contact Dynon Technical Support for assistance.


Obtaining United States databases

Dynon is able to provide free US Aviation database and free US Obstacles database because the US FAA provides free aviation data for the USA under no copyright (paid for by taxpayers). The US databases are quite detailed and include lots of information like remarks. The US databases are updated every 28 days and can be downloaded at

Obtaining non-United States databases Outside the US, the only reliable source of Aviation and Obstacle databases is Jeppesen. There is no option to obtain free Jeppesen data, even for a brief, or feature-limited trial. Dynon has no options in this, and cannot "get in the middle" of a SkyView customer's purchase of Jeppesen data. More info on the Jeppesen data options for SkyView can be viewed at Note that some SkyView customers have reported that it is more efficient to contact Jeppensen by phone rather than the email form; Jeppesen phone numbers by region can be viewed at

Through May 15, 2011 (Midnight MDT), Jeppesen is offering Dynon customers 50% off the regular annual subscription price of NavData® and obstacle data. To take advantage of this offer, when you contact Jeppesen, mention promotion code DY50N011

Note: There has been considerable discussion in Dynon's SkyView forum (link) as to the "completeness" of Jeppesen's data. Jeppesen has confirmed to Dynon that the Jeppesen data for Skyview is "complete worldwide runway data". However, it's important to note that trustworthy coordinates are not available for some runways at certain airports (typically smaller airports). When trustworthy runway data is not available, Jeppesen does not provide it to Dynon (or any other OEM).

Installing Dynon US or Jeppesen non-US databases 30 flight hour demo

why should i pay When you upgraded to v3.0, the map capability (ability to display navigation and obstruction data - basically, the MAP) is provided in a 30 flight-hour demo only.

If you do like the maps and want to continue to use them on SkyView after the 30 flight-hour demo period, then you must purchase the SV-MAP-270 ( and install the resulting six-digit code on one of your SkyView displays.

SV-MAP-270 is a one-time purchase, and it enables map capability on your SkyView forever.

Note that the SV-270-MAP is required (after the 30 flight-hour demo) BEFORE any aviation data is loaded.

In the US, we can provide aviation data for free because the FAA provides it for free. In the rest of the world, the only available source of data we found was Jeppesen. So, in the US, customers can fully evaluate the map capability for free (30 flight-hour demo + free aviation data). In the rest of the world, at least you don't have to pay for the map capability immediately, but you do have to pay at least one time for the Jeppese