Tue, Jan 04, 2011
Dynon SkyView + Garmin 696 Panel In An LSA
Just because it's an LSA doesn't mean pilots should sacrifice
the efficiency and wealth of information that comes with a glass
panel. Flight Design has installed dual 10-inch Dynon SkyView
screens on either side of a Garmin big-screen 696 GPS in its
popular CTLS. Dynon's SkyView SVS - featuring a Synthetic Vision
System - comes factory installed in a top-of-the-line category
Flight Design CTLS aircraft. The impressive system offers a major
advance in electronic flight displays for the VFR pilot, showing
terrain - even if the pilot cannot see it through the windscreen -
plus real-time traffic and even runways and taxiways.
Photo Courtesy Flight Design USA
The system is complimented by a Garmin GTX 330 Mode S
transponder, which supplies Traffic Information Service (TIS) to
the 696. Flight Design USA cautions, though, that the SkyView 696
TIS digital panel layout is not approved for flight into actual
"On a new CTLS, the bundled SkyView 696 TIS option set offers
even more than the standard dual Dynon EFIS systems found on most
of our aircraft," says Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny.
"The spacious 10-inch screens are easy to read, easy to use and the
standard virtual terrain modeling gives you unprecedented
situational awareness at nighttime or under marginal visibility
conditions." Garmin's 696 supplies GPS data to the Dynon screens
and the Mode S transponder provides both 696 and SkyView with
airborne traffic information. For both Dynon large screens, the
enlarged Garmin GPS, and the TIS transponder, Flight Design USA has
reduced the installed package cost to just $12,075.
SkyView on the CTLS debuted at Sebring 2010, the first
installation after the Oregon company released the new product just
days earlier. It has been shipping on new Flight Design aircraft
for the past year as part of an upgrade path to advanced instrument
panels. Along with the helicopter-like visibility of the CTLS, the
integration of real time traffic, terrain and weather increase
safety and decrease pilot workload. "This is truly the integration
of advanced technology to make things easier, not harder,"
Photo Courtesy Flight Design USA
"The enhanced handling of the CTLS for cross country flying and
the ease of use of the Dynon SkyView Synthetic Vision System make
the SkyView 696 TIS setup a great avionics combination for Flight
Schools that also want rental revenue from cross country use,"
added National Sales Manager, John Gilmore.
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