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Rick Ludtke

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  1. Hello Mooney-minded friends, As all of you could probably imagine, the FAA is paying special attention to autopilot and flight control systems in the wake of the 737 Max accidents. This has presented Dynon’s Certification team with new challenges, which in turn has diminished our confidence in our earlier timetables. The result is the increased conservatism in our messaging. We’ve been successful in gaining approval of similar aircraft models in the past, namely the Bonanza P35-V35B, an approval based on our singular Bonanza V35B demonstrator. That continues to be our certification approach with the Mooney M20 series. However, given the FAA’s increasingly conservative stance as of late, the only certainty is that Dynon will present a 1979 M20J to the FAA for autopilot compliance-finding. We are very hopeful that our effort will result in the certification of the mid-fuselage aircraft, and potentially the short-fuselage aircraft as well. But, because of the above, and the fact that Dynon has no control over the FAA's decisions, we feel compelled to adjust our expectations and messaging. Some of you have requested schedules for the remaining Mooney autopilots. Our plan continues to include generating the evidence necessary to satisfy the FAA that the mid-, and short-fuselage Mooney models are similar, and could both be represented by our 1979 M20J demonstrator for certification. This plan has risk, but the worst predicted outcome when we initiated this plan would have been the rejection of the short-fuselage airplanes from the certification project. If that happens, we would likely react by circling back to certify the short-fuselage Mooney models at a later, yet to be determined date. Unfortunately we cannot promise any schedule for the remaining Mooney models at this moment. We hope this explanation helps you understand why our message has changed. We continue to be optimistic, and believe these obstacles will be overcome. But please, do not make your purchase decisions based upon a future that Dynon can not guarantee. This is the bottom line of our new message. We absolutely do not wish to disappoint anybody. We understand that some of you may already be disappointed, for this we apologize. Sincerely, Rick Ludtke Marketing Product Analyst Dynon 425-402-0433 ext. 1152 www.dynon.aero Dynon Certified | Affordable Avionics For Certified Aircraft
  2. Hi Art, I would like to clarify a few things. Dynon takes pride in being the "Opposite of Garmin". We believe that doing so separates us in the marketplace. We offer real customer service. We don't charge for database and software updates, which usually includes new functionality. We also do not require customers to have the installations performed by a dealer. The part 23 airplane owner can purchase directly from Dynon, and any individual with the correct credentials may accomplish the installation. This gives the owner the freedom to shop installers for best service and /or price. It doesn't matter to Dynon if your installer works for a major FBO with glossy letterhead, or works out of the trunk of their car. In addition, feedback from our installers (and yes, we have a list of preferred Dynon Authorized Installation Centers (DIAC) who have proven their experience with our products) who also are Garmin dealers, who report that the Dynon installations take less time, because of the simplicity and plug and play nature of the equipment. And finally, costs. It is true, that for minimum equipment required by the STCs Garmin's G3X has an advantage over Dynon's certified product, the SkyView HDX. But few customers only purchase the minimum equipment. When one begins increasing the list of options desired, one quickly notices that the Garmin prices really begin to ramp up. When one compares the same list of desired functionality with what SkyView HDX provides, you will find that Dynon can provide the functionality for less money. So as you can see, trying to compare Dynon to Garmin is a bit like comparing oranges to apples. Dynon offers an alternative to Garmin's methods which is attractive to many. Dynon also offers lower cost options for installation and to purchase- if you desire more than the minimum. The best way to determine if Dynon Skyview HDX, and the FlyDynon way is right for you, is to have a discussion with our sales team. We even offer a free service that allows you to schedule a one on one zoom meeting session with our sales staff using a real simulator that allows every SkyView HDX feature and function to be demonstrated to your satisfaction, in an environment that feeds it real (simulated) information using off the shelf flight simulators. If you would like to learn more about the FlyDynon way, simply call +1 (425) 402-0433.
  3. Yes it does, and the reason why is that most of the L models have had the service bulletin completed that convert the Porsche powered airplanes to the R model. Cheers, Rick
  4. Thank you Carusom, I appreciate the offer for help. We may need it going forward. I want to mention that we currently have a 1979 M20J 201 in the shop for development of the Mooney autopilot installation. We picked this airframe because we believe we can substantiate with the FAA that the short- and mid- fuselage Mooney's fly more or less the same, as the cg ranges are similar, cruise speeds are similar, limit speeds are similar, and so are stall speeds. I gathered data that indicates the greatest number of M20's produced and still registered are the short- and mid-fuselage models. I will share it here as I think all of you may find it interesting: The mid-fuselage airplanes therefore represent the logical first group of Mooney airframes to certify, because they are the largest registered group. If we are lucky, the FAA will agree with us the our mid-fuselage M20K will satisfactorily represent the short-fuselage airplanes as well, allowing us to certify autopilots in both using one demonstrator airplane. The long-fuselage airframes all had heavier and more powerful engines, broader cg ranges, faster cruise and limit speeds, and probably faster stall speeds (although my research resulted in data indicating very similar stall speeds, for which I can't explain, as the long-fuselage airplanes have the same wing and weigh more). This chart shows demonstrated cruise speeds for models representing the different fuselage groups using data from Evaluation Reports published by Mooney Pilots.com: This chart provides the limits speeds and horsepower found in the FAA Type Certificate Data Sheets: The speed charts demonstrate fairly similar speeds for the short- and mid-fuselage airplanes. The next series of charts demonstrates how different the long-fuselage airplanes are from the rest: All of this is just to say that we believe the short- and mid- fuselage models are the airplanes to focus on first. This belief was bolstered by the results of data collected in the past from Mooney owners interest in the SkyView HDX. These chart summarizes our findings at that time: But, we also believe that our previous attempts to gather airplane-owner interest data may not have been penetrating the communities of airplane owners well enough to provide strong guidance. This is why I am here now. If you feel that our earlier conclusions do not adequately represent the wants and needs of the Mooney owners, let us know by completing the survey, and by providing feedback directly to me in this discussion or in private messages. And thank you all for so warmly receiving me and my company into this community! All the best, Rick
  5. Hello Mooney Owners, I represent Dynon, makers of the Dynon SkyView HDX integrated glass cockpit flight information system that is approved for nearly 600 Part 23 certified aircraft. SkyView HDX provides flight information, engine information, moving map navigation, ADS-B Traffic and Weather, integrated COM, integrated autopilot (for the aircraft that have been certified), and much much more. We are considering the next airplanes to pursue for the certification of SkyView’s integrated autopilot, and wish to enlist your input. If you have any interest in updating your certified airplane with the SkyView HDX system either with or without an autopilot, we’d like to ask for a few minutes of your time to complete this survey: http://dynon.aero/certifymyplane Thank you for your participation in this discussion. Your opinions matter greatly to us. Sincerely, Rick Ludtke Marketing Product Analyst Dynon 425-402-0433 Main www.dynon.aero Dynon Certified | Affordable Avionics For Certified Aircraft
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