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Old 11-04-2020, 03:06 PM
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Default Dynon verses Garmin

I know this is an opinionated question. I have a friend that got an estimate on his dream panel and like always, it was way more than he had hoped. He has always flown behind Garmin , I have a VFR Dynon panel and he is looking for IFR.
My question, has anyone gone from being a Garmin customer to Dynon and regretted the move? Have you switched and are happy with your switch.
Since this is a personnel choice and if you would like to keep this personnel, please PM me and it will stay that way.
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Old 11-04-2020, 03:14 PM
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You'll find between the major manufacturers that the price of equipment isn't that far off from one another. So a G3X/GTN IFR panel can cost very close to an HDX/Avidyne or HDX/GTN IFR panel. Both manufacturers have spreadsheets on their website to provide a general idea of cost (but keep in mind Dynon does not make an IFR certified navigator, so your friend will need to make his choice there as well).

Of course, depending on the vendor there may be a lot of other services provided (switches, CBs, laser engrave/panel cut, etc....) That can highly affect the cost of the total package.
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Old 11-05-2020, 06:46 AM
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If the reason he is picking one versus the other is price, I would pay special attention to make sure they are comparing oranges to oranges. I've priced this out a few times in the past few years and they always come in within a couple hundred dollars of each other. It's easy to miss something as these are complex systems.

I recommend reaching out to a vendor experienced with both and ask them for help. Stein in particular is really good at that and worth a phone call.
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Old 11-05-2020, 08:42 AM
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Although I fall on the Dynon side, both systems are good and as mentioned price would not be my determining factor between the two. Try to get in front of both and see which one you like.
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Old 11-05-2020, 08:47 AM
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This is an important point. You'll be spending $30k+ on this, don't do it without having some time in front of each system. They aren't all the same.
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Old 11-05-2020, 10:18 AM
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Definitely in the Dynon camp here, but primarily because I like the business approach of Dynon versus Garmin. They have the same functionality except for the certified navigator, but Dynon is a lot easier to deal with than Big G.
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Old 11-05-2020, 10:53 AM
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I updated the panel in my Rocket last year. The original panel was a VFR combo of first gen Dynon (D100/EMS 10) and Garmin radios. My first choice was to stay VFR and stick with Dynon because I knew it and thought the Garmin would be more expensive. As scope creep snuck in and the plan changed to a basic IFR setup I started looking more at the Garmin solutions. I spent hours going back and forth at each companies booths at Sun N Fun. In the end I chose Garmin, due primarily to the more complete integration in the total system. Iím very happy with the results.
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Old 11-05-2020, 07:32 PM
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Try to get in front of both and see which one you like.
^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^

Everything else you hear and read, especially here, is just noise. Get some time in front of both systems and then decide which is best for YOU. There is a reason both systems have such strong following and owners have such strong opinions on their system. BOTH are an excellent choice.

FWIW: I installed the DYNON SkyView in my airplane back in 2013. With over 600hrs flying with it I am 100% convinced I made the right choice.



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I know this is an opinionated question. I have a friend that got an estimate on his dream panel and like always, it was way more than he had hoped. He has always flown behind Garmin , I have a VFR Dynon panel and he is looking for IFR.
My question, has anyone gone from being a Garmin customer to Dynon and regretted the move? Have you switched and are happy with your switch.
Since this is a personnel choice and if you would like to keep this personnel, please PM me and it will stay that way.
Thanks Ron
Apples to apples the price is not going to be much different.
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Old 11-06-2020, 12:36 PM
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I'll say one last thing: I can't make any representations as to how Garmin communicates issues on their experimental line so I could find out that they are no different. I don't know. And I do understand that the GTN-650 is certified so comparing it to experimental electronics would be unfair. It's definitely true that "you get what you pay for" and the 650 wasn't a cheap piece of equipment.
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