The Dynon Avionics engineering team in Woodinville, Washington, has added touchscreen capability to its SkyView avionics suite. Available for experimental and light sport aircraft only, SkyView Touch complements the existing hard-button knob controls, including the autopilot panel, rather than replacing them. It offers pilots a choice of interface. “Touch when you want it; turbulence when you don’t” is the company catchphrase associated with the new capability.
Dynon’s theory? “While you usually hold a smartphone or tablet in your hands, your EFIS screen is at the end of your outstretched arm, and it’s moving with the aircraft, not with you. These two things conspire to make touch control less than ideal when things get bumpy.”
SkyView Touch functions are meant to be easy to learn and to reduce pilot workload. Touching the transponder or autopilot status displays enable the button controls for those components. Also, touching a PFD display that includes an adjustable bug directs the action of the joystick control to that bug. Fingertip panning, zooming and selecting work just as it does on a tablet or smartphone.
The new display can be swapped out for an existing SkyView D1000 component without having to change the panel or perform any rewiring. The price of the touchscreen version is $3,995, or about $400 more than the non-touch version.
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