SkyView Autopilot Control Panel
The optional Skyview Autopilot Control Panel provides direct-button access to all of the SkyView autopilot control modes without touching a single button on the SkyView screen. Just select the mode you want with a simple button push, and sit back while SkyView takes control. Features like the LEVEL button are always there for you no matter what else you are doing with SkyView. All buttons are backlit and dim with the displays and feature sharp tactile feedback when pressed. Using the autopilot control panel instead of the SKyView autopilot control menu on screen frees up your SkyView displays for other features such as navigation and flight planning.
The Autopilot Control Panel matches other SkyView Control Panel dimensions and design styling, providing you with an elegantly finished instrument panel appearance.
The SkyView Autopilot Control Panel, when combined with the Skyview Trim Motor Adapte and your airplane’s electric trim system, can provide a proportional, speed-sensitive trim controller, and autopilot auto-trim.
The SkyView Autopilot Control Panel is available in both the horizontal and vertical orientations, ensuring that it will fit into any panel.
The SkyView Trim Controller built into the Autopilot Control Panel receives elevator trim commands from either the pilot or the autopilot, and determines the speed at which the trim motor should respond. The Trim Controller proportionally schedules the trim motor to respond quickly at slower airspeeds, and more slowly at higher airspeeds. The reduction of the trim sensitivity at high airspeeds allows for more precise trim control and fewer trim overshoots.
Autopilot Auto-Trim allows SkyView to automatically operate the trim when the autopilot is engaged. This greatly reduces pilot-workload by freeing up the need to manually respond to SkyView’s trim advice. It also ensures that when the autopilot is disconnected, the pilot will not be surprised by an out-of-trim airplane.
Controlling an airplane’s trim system is a critical function, and Dynon takes safety to the next level. For instance, the trim controller works even if SkyView is offline, as it its own power inputs. Elevator trim is protected from running away due to a stuck button, the outputs are protected from shorts, the pilot has priority over both the co-pilot and the autopilots control inputs.
The system also provides the pilot with a warning alert if the trim motor operates without being commanded to do so. It also allows the pilot to electrically interrupt the power to the trim motor by holding the disconnect switch. When the autopilot is engaged, the pitch servo’s active control of the system can maks a trim motor or system malfunction. Therefore, these warning interrupt features allow the pilot to stop and isolate the problem before the condition becomes unmanageable. The adapter also provides alerts for when the trim motor fails to operate when commanded, and when the built-in tests of the monitoring circuits fail during system start up.
Autopilot Control Panel - Control Modes and Features:
- AP on/off
- Flight Director on/off
- HDG Hold
- TRK Hold
- ALT Hold
- VS Hold
- IAS Hold
- Nose up/down control for vertical modes
- VNAV control, approach sequencing
- Elevator Trim Speed Scheduling
- Pilot and Copilot trim control inputs
These specifications are provided for familiarization only. For actual installation, please use the current full installation documentation.