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Old 06-07-2020, 05:48 PM
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Building an RV-7 looking to make it full IFR with an auto pilot.

Both Garmin and Dynon offer quality products each with some different features.

For this out there that have built using one, but would probably choose the other on their next build, why?

As my fuselage gets closer and closer to completion, I need to start seriously looking towards avionics. Right now I'm leaning towards Garmin, but can't honestly give a valid reason why.

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Old 06-07-2020, 06:00 PM
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Any particular reason you did not add GRT to the mix?
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:08 PM
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Oh Boy You just tossed a hand grenade into the forum

BUT............ I'm building a -7 and had to make the same decisions on avionics as you. I just received my connection kits for my all Garmin panel. I certainly would not denigrate Dynon and if you go that way you will be among many happy pilots.

What tipped me? Well, I liked the Garmin interface better and decided that since I was going IFR that I wanted all the boxes to be a designed system. That being said, my understanding is the the certified WAAS GPS boxes play well with Dynon. Also, all the avionics shops I talked to said they install Garmin products much more than Dynon. (not necessarily a reason to go Garmin but just say'n)

Here's my panel layout>
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:20 PM
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I?m a fan of AFS. Maybe that is another grenade, but their ?Advanced Panel? sure seems to make things easy. In my limited experience, Garmin can be a challenge to wire.
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:30 PM
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Building an RV-7 looking to make it full IFR with an auto pilot.

Both Garmin and Dynon offer quality products each with some different features.

For this out there that have built using one, but would probably choose the other on their next build, why?

As my fuselage gets closer and closer to completion, I need to start seriously looking towards avionics. Right now I'm leaning towards Garmin, but can't honestly give a valid reason why.

Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:47 PM
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I was tossing between AFS and Dynon...
Same difference some would say as the second bought the first and both use the same components except the screens...


Now leaning towards the Skyview just because I can only put a 10 inch main and a 7inch backup screen. No room for two 10 inches, since I will have a EFII Controler on the panel...


AFS Advanced panel was my first choice but they won't do one without their ACM (control module). I already installed and wired a VPX-PRO...
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Old 06-07-2020, 07:48 PM
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Have you downloaded and read the pilot's manuals and the installation manuals? Might be worth doing that....

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Old 06-07-2020, 08:08 PM
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:39 PM
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What really put me in the Garmin camp is I went to an AOPA Fly-In where Garmin and Dynon had booths. Garmin won the day for me. Garmin comes from a certified world where Dynon comes from the experimental world. Quite the difference in experience.
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Ailerons and flaps completed 3/2017.
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