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Old 03-20-2019, 10:26 AM
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Default Aerovonics AV-30

Looks like this is available now, anyone install one yet?

https://aerovonics.com/online-store?...erimental-only
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:42 PM
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I just picked up the AV-20 (2 1/4" artificial horizon) as a back up for my Dynon EFIS. I'm still building the panel, so I don't have any flight experiences to share. However, I have powered the unit up and "flew" it around the shop. Everything responded as expected and I think it will make a very nice addition to my panel.
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:17 AM
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We just put two AV-30E's in a Glasair III. We removed the complete vacuum system and replaced the vacuum attitude indicator and directional gyro with two AV-30's. We installed the optional Davtron OAT probe and wired both of the AV-30 units RS232 input channels to a Garmin aera 660 GPS' output. I also installed and fly an AV-30 in an experimental Super Cub.

The AV-30's are a thing of beauty and aesthetically match legacy panels with their flush round display vs. other EFIS's surface mount square bezels. They look sleek and correct which sometimes can't be said about the bulky square cornered EFIS systems out there.

I am very impressed. Having installed and flown the AV-20 and now seeing the larger more featured AV-30 I really like the information and the stability of the internal adahrs system. It's dead nuts on and doesn't go wonky in IFR type standard rate turns like some of the other offerings. You see, most solid-state gyro sensors do very well at high rates of change like aerobatics because the forces involved are so dynamic and easy for the sensors to feel and software to process. However, small easy turns like IFR standard rate turns have been a real buggar for solid state systems and software to compute easily. Seems counter-intuitive but if a manufacturer can lick the nice easy turns the rest is easy.

I really dig the field overlays on the EFIS / AI unit and the display of the identifier of the GPS nav waypoint, TAS, density altitude etc... The HSI unit can display as a standard DG, traditional HSI and an EFIS arc nav view showing the route waypoints with distance zooming. It has a heading bug. The unit can be set up to show GPS Track or Heading. In Heading mode the pilot has to set the DG's heading to the ship's compass because there is not a remote magnetometer interface yet. They are working on one. So the AV-30 acts just like the instruments in a C172 like most of us learned to fly in. Set the barometer and then set the DG to the whisky compass. If you understand who the Aerovonics people are and their history of designing and delivering innovation in the EFIS industry for decades it makes sense that their product is polished and more refined than some of the other offerings. These same designers were more than likely involved in those older systems when working in the industry.

Aerovonics has also developed an autopilot interface unit.

So while the AV-30 doesn't have a slaved magnetometer option yet, it is a very nice unit with a beautiful display that just looks right in a legacy panel while providing rock solid attitude and navigation interface.

I hope this post doesn't come across as marketing hype. I don't work for Aerovonics. I am just an early adopter and enthusiast. We paid for the AV-30s in the Glasair. I also own and fly competitive small EFIS type units from Garmin (G5's), Sandia (Quattro SAI 340), Grand Rapids (Mini) and Aspen (1000 Pro).

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Old 07-13-2019, 04:16 AM
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Jim, thanks for the great review. Since posting this I have even more panel decisions to make and the AV30 is the most viable solution for me. I'm glad to hear the device lives up to the expectation.

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Old 07-22-2019, 05:00 PM
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I just installed a standalone unit. A little beautiful thing. I am still playing with settings. If toggled to DG it precesses for about 20 degrees every hour. A magnetometer would be a nice addition. AI is rock solid. Flight testing continues.




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Old 08-27-2019, 07:03 PM
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Just a quick Pirep: Ive only flown with the AV-30 for an hour, but am really impressed! The install was very easy. Configuration took 10minutes to tweak everything just right for my aircraft in level flight. Very easy menu.
The picture doesn’t do this AV-30 justice. This unit is pretty stunning. I think it’s the 3-D ‘shading’ that really makes this thing pop. It makes my TruTrak look washed out and dull in comparison.
This thing certainly handles aerobatics better than any AI I’ve flown before. For just 31/8” space, it really packs a lot of easily readable info. I very much like the distance to next GPS destination displayed. Always a pain looking over and trying to read my Garmin 300XL. Also, I had the unit on backup battery for 5 minutes on the ground; the backup battery status still showed 100%. Far from a 2-hr test, but not bad��
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:42 PM
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Looks like interesting stuff for the right application!
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:53 PM
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About 15 hours behind it now. I'm still impressed with the form factor. My favorite page setup has next GPS waypoint and distance on the screen. No more squinting at my monochromatic Garmin 300XL to find the info Auto-dimming works well at night as well. So far, so good.

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Old 09-18-2019, 05:19 PM
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About 15 hours behind it now. I'm still impressed with the form factor. My favorite page setup has next GPS waypoint and distance on the screen. No more squinting at my monochromatic Garmin 300XL to find the info Auto-dimming works well at night as well. So far, so good.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/h3t6DJyvA64wMxvS9
Very nice!

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Old 09-18-2019, 05:52 PM
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About 15 hours behind it now. I'm still impressed with the form factor. My favorite page setup has next GPS waypoint and distance on the screen. No more squinting at my monochromatic Garmin 300XL to find the info Auto-dimming works well at night as well. So far, so good.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/h3t6DJyvA64wMxvS9
That is a great picture. It tells a good story.

It almost makes me think that our modern huge glass producers would have a market with a "retro mode".
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