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== Will Dynon keep making the current generation of products? ==
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'''Note: This FAQ was begun to answer questions about the announced, but not-yet-shipping SkyView system (before it was even named) prior to SkyView being released for sale in December, 2009. More than five years later, most questions originally posted here have been deleted because they are now definitively answered in [http://dynonavionics.com/docs/SkyView_intro.html SkyView sales information], the [http://dynonavionics.com/docs/support_documentation.html SkyView Pilot's User Guide], and the [http://dynonavionics.com/docs/support_documentation.html System Installation Guide].'''
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== Is / will SkyView be certified / TSO'd? ==
  
It's likely that we'll continue offering the 4" products - the EFIS-D10A and the EMS-D10 - even after the next generation is the only offering in the 7" form factor.
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In its current form, SkyView is not / cannot be TSO'd. The SV-XPNDR-261 and -262 are certified / TSO'd.
  
Eventually, the current 7" line - the EFIS-D100, EMS-D120, and the FlightDEK-D180 - will be entirely replaced by the next generation. There may be some overlap as we roll our the phased release of the next generation system.
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== If I have one of your older products, can I add SkyView to my existing system? ==
  
== How much will it cost? ==
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There is no interoperability between our older products and SkyView.
  
Pricing has yet to be determined, but it will be "Dynon-Priced". In other words, a system configured similarly to today's products may be a bit higher than today's products, but they'll have more capabilities. When you start assembling a complete panel that can do it all, the value in the next generation will become easily apparent - especially when you compare against other similar offerings.
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== Will Dynon keep making the D6/D60 and D10A/D100 Series of products? ==
  
== When will the next generation be available? ==
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Dynon plans to continue to offer the:
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<li>EFIS-D6
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<li>EFIS-D10A
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<li>EFIS-D100
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<li>EMS-D10
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<li>EMS-D120
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<li>FlightDEK-D180</ul>
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for the immediate future. After adding Autopilot capability in the EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, and FlightDEK-D180, we've pretty well reached the limits of what we're able to do with the computing power in these products. No further major features are anticipated for these products.
  
The next generation system will be released in phases, starting in 2009.
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All of these Dynon products will be supported for years - with repairs, technical support, and any bug fixes that are needed. We think one of the reasons we've been successful is that we try our best to support all of our customers, and that will continue to be the case.  Call us with a question or a problem on an EFIS-D10, a product we haven't sold for over <s>3</s> <s>4</s> <s>5</s> <s>6</s> <s>7</s> <s>8</s> <s>9</s> 10 years, and we'll still help with any question or problem you may have. Although we can no longer repair an EFIS-D10 (some key parts are no longer manufactured), we offer a trade-in of your EFIS-D10 for a discount to purchase an EFIS-D6.
  
== Is the 7" version of the next generation the same size as your current D100 series? ==
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== What is the screen resolution of the SkyView displays? ==
  
Not quite. The cutout needed for the next generation 7" display is bigger than the current D100 series, so panel modification will be required for retrofits. Also, the next generation screens will not use mounting trays like the D100 series currently does.
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SV-D1000 resolution is 1024x600 pixels.
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SV-D700 resolution is 800x480 pixels.
  
== What is the screen resolution of the next generation screens ==
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== (Questions about converting older products to SkyView) ==
  
The 10" screen is 1024x600 pixels.
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Dynon Avionics servos installed with our earlier products can be incorporated into SkyView.
The 7" screen is 800x480 pixels.
 
  
== Assuming that the engine monitor will be an add on to the base system and will be some sort of black box/breakout box that can hide behind the panel. Is this a fair assumption? ==
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Most conversion questions are answered in the [http://dynonavionics.com/docs/support_documentation.html D10/D100 Series to SkyView Conversion Guide].
  
Yes. The AHRS and EMS boxes will be seperate from the screens. Think of this system as completely modular. By itself, the screen is a moving map (with the databases installed, and a GPS input (yes, we will have a GPS receiver/antenna available))
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== One of the things that attracted me to the existing Dynon product line is that Dynon has its own dedicated RTOS-like software stack. Some other vendors use commercial OSes like WinCE which makes me a bit uncomfortable. What is the general architecture of the new software platform? ==
  
== How far behind the initial release of the base screens and ARHS will the engine monitor be? ==
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== Since SkyView is running an Operating System (OS) - however much it's "compact, optimized, stabilized"... can it be "rebooted"? ==
  
The product doesn't have a name or price yet, so we can't answer a timeline question like that as of yet. We'd like to have the EMS on the day we first ship, but that may not happen.
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SkyView runs a highly customized, minimal Linux kernel for the "housekeeping" operations of the SkyView display. What you see of SkyView once the display is booted is an application that runs on top of Linux. The SkyView modules like the ADAHRS, EMS, servos, etc still run with no OS, and the hardware of the SkyView display is managed by a no-OS micro.
  
== Will all of these modules be using the DSAB as the communication network? ==
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A SkyView can be rebooted by pushing and holding buttons 1,2 and 5.
 
 
It is a redundant, enhanced version of DSAB. Most current products will not work on this bus. The AP servos will. You will not be able to share the bus between current products and the new system.
 
 
 
== Will the HS34 and the AP74&76 become obsolete for this new architecture or will they still be required/compliment the new system? ==
 
 
 
Because these new screens have knobs and joysticks, the enhanced UI from the HS34 and AP74 will not be needed in this system. The AP76 is still up in ther air, we'll need to work through the UI and decide if we need a dedicated panel like that for the advanced functions.
 
 
 
== Will the radio/transponder interface only work with the planned Dynon products or continue to work with radio's such as the SL-30 and the G430W? ==
 
 
 
It will work with some external radios (like the SL-30) in the beginning and then our products farther out.
 
 
 
== Is the plan to bring these things up to the ability to create a fully redundant system in regards to dual AHRS, dual networking, etc along with redundant serial port inputs to redundantly support external data sources in a dual screen setup if one screen dies? ==
 
 
 
Yes.
 
 
 
== Will the serial interfaces for externals be on the screens or in a separate black box behind the panel? ==
 
 
 
Each screen has 3 serial ports.
 
 
 
== What will drive the FD, HITS, ext?  Are you going to be adding flight planning, synthetic approach capability and AP sequencing features similar to some of the competition or is all of this stuff going to be driven strickly by external data sources? ==
 
 
 
The map already has basic flight planning, and it will expand. We also already have HITS for enroute courses. The plan is to do full IFR flight planning (of course, you'll need a certified GPS source like a 430 to actually file /G). External data sources will be secondary goals for us, not the primary source.
 
 
 
== Will you have a GPS option to drive the map and all the other GPS driven features? ==
 
 
 
Yes, we will have a GPS receiver/antenna available
 
 
 
== If we have already purchased the Dynon pitot tube with AOA as well as the remote compass.  Will these components be compatible with the new system? ==
 
 
 
The pitot tube is the same but the remote compass will be different.
 
 
 
== What if someone wants the new system plus a D10A?  Or, you have a D180 and want to display engine info on the new screen? ==
 
 
 
The EFIS-D100, EMS-D120, FlightDEK-D180, EFIS-D10A, and EMS-D10 will all still be for sale for the foreseeable future. We are not canceling any of our currect products. Over time, the D100, D120, and D180 will likely phase out in favor of the next generation system equivalents, which will have all of the same capabilities and much more.
 
 
 
All of our products will be supported for years - with repairs, technical support, and any bug fixes that are needed. There is no way that Dynon would ever stop supporting a past customer. We think one of the reasons we've been successful is that we've tried our best to support all of our customers, and that will continue to be the case.  Call us with a question or a repair on a EFIS-D10, a product we haven't sold for over 4 years, and we'll still help with any question or problem you may have.
 
 
 
That being said, we are going to be winding down new feature development on the current series of products after the autopilot is released. After four years, we're reaching the limits of what we're able to do with the computing power in the current products. The major features that our customers have been asking for - such as synthetic vision, moving map, thin screens, etc - are not features that we can implement on our current hardware.
 
 
 
We've also learned a lot with the last generation of products, and to remain competitive we need to take all of that knowledge and translate it into the best avionics we can possibly build. To do this effectivlely and efficiently, we have we have to draw some lines between what we have now and what we'll be building next. For example, making DSAB work between the current and new products would be a huge software effort. If we put our limited resources there, development all of our products would slow down, and we're already a busy bunch over here.
 
 
 
 
 
We believe there's an easier way to cross the compatibility border, and that's the offer for trade-in credit on old units. If you are interested in the new system, then we'll take what you have and give you credit towards the next system. It's win-win: you get the new system, a new warranty, and we get to focus on our new product development.
 
 
 
We think that this trade-in program is a type of support that is uncommon in fast-moving technology (will Apple give you credit for your 2 year old iPod, or Dell for your old lappy?), but we want to do it anyway. We really do appreciate all of your business, and we want you to continue to grow with us. What's better than being sure that your past financial investment will continue to be an investment in the latest products from Dynon?
 
 
 
== Will the Moving Map/GPS functionality be an add-on to existing Dynon systems with the addition of a next generation screen and the corresponding module? ==
 
 
 
 
 
== For those of us with existing engine monitors from Dynon, will the new generation products be backwards compatible with the connector and sensors? ==
 
 
 
The current EMS harness and sensors will plug right in.
 

Latest revision as of 15:09, 18 February 2015

Note: This FAQ was begun to answer questions about the announced, but not-yet-shipping SkyView system (before it was even named) prior to SkyView being released for sale in December, 2009. More than five years later, most questions originally posted here have been deleted because they are now definitively answered in SkyView sales information, the SkyView Pilot's User Guide, and the System Installation Guide.

Is / will SkyView be certified / TSO'd?

In its current form, SkyView is not / cannot be TSO'd. The SV-XPNDR-261 and -262 are certified / TSO'd.

If I have one of your older products, can I add SkyView to my existing system?

There is no interoperability between our older products and SkyView.

Will Dynon keep making the D6/D60 and D10A/D100 Series of products?

Dynon plans to continue to offer the:

  • EFIS-D6
  • EFIS-D10A
  • EFIS-D60
  • EFIS-D100
  • EMS-D10
  • EMS-D120
  • FlightDEK-D180

for the immediate future. After adding Autopilot capability in the EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, and FlightDEK-D180, we've pretty well reached the limits of what we're able to do with the computing power in these products. No further major features are anticipated for these products.

All of these Dynon products will be supported for years - with repairs, technical support, and any bug fixes that are needed. We think one of the reasons we've been successful is that we try our best to support all of our customers, and that will continue to be the case. Call us with a question or a problem on an EFIS-D10, a product we haven't sold for over 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 years, and we'll still help with any question or problem you may have. Although we can no longer repair an EFIS-D10 (some key parts are no longer manufactured), we offer a trade-in of your EFIS-D10 for a discount to purchase an EFIS-D6.

What is the screen resolution of the SkyView displays?

SV-D1000 resolution is 1024x600 pixels. SV-D700 resolution is 800x480 pixels.

(Questions about converting older products to SkyView)

Dynon Avionics servos installed with our earlier products can be incorporated into SkyView.

Most conversion questions are answered in the D10/D100 Series to SkyView Conversion Guide.

One of the things that attracted me to the existing Dynon product line is that Dynon has its own dedicated RTOS-like software stack. Some other vendors use commercial OSes like WinCE which makes me a bit uncomfortable. What is the general architecture of the new software platform?

Since SkyView is running an Operating System (OS) - however much it's "compact, optimized, stabilized"... can it be "rebooted"?

SkyView runs a highly customized, minimal Linux kernel for the "housekeeping" operations of the SkyView display. What you see of SkyView once the display is booted is an application that runs on top of Linux. The SkyView modules like the ADAHRS, EMS, servos, etc still run with no OS, and the hardware of the SkyView display is managed by a no-OS micro.

A SkyView can be rebooted by pushing and holding buttons 1,2 and 5.