Owners of older Cessna 172s will be excited to learn that Dynon Avionics just received its first supplemental type certificate for the flagship SkyView HDX avionics system aimed at the classic four-place aircraft. Cessna owners will now be able to replace the vast majority of their legacy instruments with a SkyView HDX system offering complete primary flight instrumentation.
Dynon said the STC, “ushers in a new era of truly affordable, safety-enhancing integrated avionics systems for type certificated aircraft.” Pricing of the STC is another plus for Cessna owners. “Pricing and availability pricing for the certified/PMA versions of approved Dynon products will be the same as existing experimental/light sport products.”
SkyView HDX includes synthetic vision and angle of attack, complete engine monitoring with CHTs, EGTs, fuel flow, fuel computer and lean assist. Dynon’s fully-integrated two axis autopilot also earned approval for full IFR approach capability when SkyView is integrated with a compatible navigator. The approved installation includes a mode S transponder with 2020-compliant ADS-B Out, navigation and mapping with flight planning ADS-B traffic and weather display and electronic flight bag features. Backup flight instruments are provided by a Dynon EFIS-D10A.
The price for the Cessna 172 STC is $2,000. A complete SkyView HDX system is expected to add an additional $20,000 to that total. First installations will be available in the coming weeks via US Sport Aircraft + Thrust Flight in Texas, Merrill Field Instruments in Alaska and a Dynon-affiliated facility in the Pacific Northwest.
The initial approved model list covers Cessna 172F, 172G, 172H, 172I, 172K, 172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, and 172S models. Approval does not restrict the operational use of the aircraft and allows both IFR and VFR flight.