Dynon SkyView HDX OR Garmin G3X Touch

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by easik, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. easik

    easik Pre-takeoff checklist

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    This is probably the century old question, but I'm asking again.
    Some of you who follow me may already know that I'm building a Sling Tsi and I'm currently discussing with my team on choosing the right IFR panel for the airplane.

    My thoughts:
    - Most of my hours are behind Garmin avionics (G1000) and I'm very much comfortable with Garmin and their products.
    - I've spent 1-2 hours behind the Dynon Skyview and I think it's a superb panel.

    Cost and ease of installation will play a factor in choosing the right panel. Since I've asked around, what I generally hear is that Dynon is lighter and easier to install compared to Garmin. There are also several biased opinions from die hard fans of either brands, But no one has really given me a real world scenario on how these work, particularly the "autopilot system" and on "IFR Flights".
    If you have any experience with Garmin and or Dynon, can you please tell me what your experience has been in:
    - installation
    - functionality
    - customer service
    - overall cost to value.

    Thanks.
     
  2. unsafervguy

    unsafervguy Pattern Altitude

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    Three words. Software update cost. Dynon for the win.
     
  3. Jesse Saint

    Jesse Saint Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Drop me an email to jesse at saintaviation dot com and I’ll give you my number to talk for a few minutes. I have installed and flown many of both. I think I can answer your questions intelligently.
     
  4. easik

    easik Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Just sent you an email Jesse. Thanks.
     
  5. Cluemeister

    Cluemeister Line Up and Wait PoA Supporter

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    Garmin customer service is excellent. One of my G3X units had a screen issue. I called expecting them to ask for more documentation. They heard my description, issued me an RMA and shipped me a new one right away.
     
  6. asicer

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    Or they are trying to keep quiet a known defect. :devil:
     
  7. Salty

    Salty En-Route PoA Supporter

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    Yeah, how evil of them to fix a problem quickly and quietly without hassle for the customer.
     
  8. Stewartb

    Stewartb Final Approach

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    Love my G3X. It has remote comm, remote ads-b txp, and 2 axis autopilot. Installation is all about pinning connectors and there are lots of pins to complete. Customer service is top notch. Updating is easy. My FlyGarmin account costs $149 per year and the G3X prompts me to do updates. If I built another airplane tomorrow I'd use a G3X again. With GP running on my iPhone I have everything I want or need. 83A9C740-6B71-4BDB-A91F-EFA4024AA74F.jpeg
     
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  9. asicer

    asicer En-Route

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    Actually, I meant that smiley as "devil's advocate".
     
  10. MtnMarcus

    MtnMarcus Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Looks like you fly a bushplane. How often do you use your autopilot? I am building a carbon cub and need to buy my G3X soon and am on the fence about this.
     
  11. Stewartb

    Stewartb Final Approach

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    Not much yet since I've been without an engine for 11 months. I mostly want a level hold so running it through the touch screen is adequate. It flies so I can look around, eat a sandwich, etc. If you expect to use it for more than that I suggest you get a dedicated control box like a 307.
     
  12. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I recently had the HDX installed and it’s amazing. It’s a great value. It plays well with other brands. Support is great. Free nav data. $99/year charts and plates. So many great features.