Meet the latest edition of Dynon’s popular portable EFIS line - the D3 Pocket Panel. Featuring improved brightness, a new intuitive touchscreen interface, new synthetic vision display, and an even lower price point, the D3 is the most advanced portable safety device Dynon has ever made.
D3 lets pilots supplement their unreliable legacy instrumentation with an affordable, portable electronic attitude indicator that works. The D3 features the same reliable, proven AHRS engine from Dynon’s best-selling panel-mounted products for experimental, light sport, and type certificated aircraft.
The D3 comes with a complete set of accessories, including home and airplane chargers, an optional external GPS antenna, and two unique mounting options. Both the included cockpit mounting options require no tools, allowing the D3 to be deployed in any aircraft with no FAA approval. The first mount included is a RAM® suction cup mount. The second is a 3-1/8" portable "pinch" mount that allows the D3 to be easily mounted in an empty existing instrument panel hole without any fasteners.
The D3 Pocket Panel is a portable situational awareness device, allowing pilots to add a modern, affordable backup safety device to supplement their often unreliable legacy certified instrumentation. The D3 comes with two portable mounting options, no tools required. Because it does not require modification to the aircraft's design, no regulatory approval is required to use a D3 Pocket Panel in any aircraft. The first mount included is a RAM® suction cup mount. The second is a 3-1/8" portable "pinch" mount that allows the D3 to be easily mounted in an empty existing instrument panel hole without any fasteners.ted in an empty existing instrument panel hole without any fasteners.
True EFIS Attitude in a Portable Package
• Proven Dynon MEMS-based attitude sensors
• Accurate pitch and roll: A true artificial horizon
Portable Mounting Options Included, Suction Cup or Clip Mount
• No installation costs!
• Versatile portable mounts: RAM suction mount and 3-1/8" panel hole "pinch" mount both included
• Internal Li-Ion battery for hours of portable use
• DC and AC power adaptors included
• Truly pocket sized, approx. 3½" x 3¼" x 1"
• Second page displays current load factor
• Records minimum and maximum Gs since last pilot reset
True Attitude plus GPS Flight Data
• GPS ground speed and track (heading)
• GPS altitude and vertical speed
• Turn rate
• Slip/skid ball
• Dimmable screen for night flight
Excellent product!!! Excellent and super fast service!!! Thank you very much!
I had purchased the Dynon D2 and while its performance was satisfactory the screen brightness left a lot to be desired and with the Garmin G5 having come out the D2 was inferior in my opinion. Recently my future son-in-law planned an avionics update for his Cherokee 235. The original plan was to go with Garmin, however, only designated facilities were allowed to do the install so we looked at Dynon and they have it right. Price, performance and the ability to allow an A&P/IA do the installation. That led me to the purchase of the D3 which will be used in a Zodiac 601HD but secondarily as a backup to a Cessna 182. The D3 is far superior to its predecessor and offers performance at a competitive price.
The D3 arrived the day after I ordered it, since I had already read the user guide on-line, couldnt wait to try it out. The software version was already up to date. I checked the default settings, held the unit near my kitchen window and in about 2 minutes it had a GPS fix and displayed the attitude indicator. The next day I mounted the RAM mount ball to the top of the glareshield of my 172, attached the D3 snap mount, used a small level to make sure the mount was perfectly level, inserted the D3 in the mounting brackett and adjusted the pitch and roll. Making the pitch/roll adjustment was a bit tricky at first, but I got it perfectly centered. The only down side was that I was not able to fly that day to actually try it out, but using it in the air will happen soon. The length of the USB charging cable turned out to be just the right length from the power outlet. I mounted it just to the left of the airspeed indicator so its not blocking my direct forward view but still easy to keep in a scan. Planning a cross country soon and will update this.
Easy to install Works and looks great
Have flown with the D3 a few hours and feel comfortable with it as a capable back up. Have it in its portable mount and easily incorporates into instrument scan. Pleased thus far.
To say I like my new D3 would be an understatement. I removed all of the old vacuum equipment from my Ercoupe, yet I still wanted and artificial Horizon. I didnt want to spend the money on Certified equipment, just to fly Day VFR. This works perfectly. Not sure if I can post YouTube videos or not, but I did an quick upbox and flight test: UnBox - https://youtu.be/7_r5zfyi7pM Flight - https://youtu.be/M-EkIo1ebDA
Opened the box and was happy about quality, the rams horn mount minus the suction cup assy. is what I used to mount it, there is a aluminum pad with 2 screw holes that I used to secure it on top side of glareshield, all the brackets, screws, nuts where all non magnetic so compass swinging wont be affected. Flew with it today and set it up, it was a little glitchy and the touch screen buttons didnt work very good at first but after about a 1/2 hr they started to accept screen touches better. Took a bit to fine tune it in the air but got it pretty close especially after screen accepted pushes also hit the auto brightness mode (huge difference better) I had the external antenna plugged in but the external indication was blinking on/off more then then it should it seems. Maybe it needs more time to find satellites? It wasnt rock steady like my vac. style attitude indicator but having both of these going would be a better situation in IMC. Noticeably more accurate then my Statux AHRS on IPAD using Foreflight.
Great product, but the description D3 lets pilots supplement their unreliable legacy instrumentation Really? you mean those unreliable legacy instruments we have been using successfully since the 1930s? I understand this is a great improvement and at a price point that lets even the thrifty enjoy the new technology, but for decades we have flown legacy instruments through the clouds with alarming accuracy. Hardly unreliable.
Works well for the purpose I bought it for, as a back up, independent of the other systems. Adjustments are not easy though.
Ive been flying with my new D3 now for about 6 months and I like it for VFR. However, it has started to have some problems - it will suddenly start losing the correct altitude and be off by maybe 1000 before it slowly recovers. Also, the attitude bars will also start being off, like Im in a climb when Im not. It will recover but take several minutes to do so. Then sometimes it just stops displaying, like it lost the signal or something and then later recover. So, I have learned that it is not a reliable instrument and I will be cautious in using it as a backup, especially at night.
This unit operates on 5v power, and the cigarette power cord is included in the box. There is a 3-1/8" portable "pinch" mount that allows the D3 to be easily mounted in an empty existing instrument panel hole without any fasteners.
The unit comes with a cigarette charger and wall charger in order to charge the unit's battery. The battery can last up to and exceed 8 hours on a single charge, but this can vary greatly depending on your usage of the unit.
The Dynon D3 is a portable product, and it does not hold an FAA TSO. However, it can be used in certified aircraft application but does not replace any primary or panel mounted instruments.
Per the manufacturer, this will work outside the US as the D1 and D2 did. The subscriptions are for the databases and can be downloaded through the manufacturer.
The synthetic vision is drawn based on a world-wide elevation database stored in the device. It does not include features such as airports.
Yes. The caution (yellow) and warning (red) ranges are selectable from the settings menu in 0.1 G steps.
Per Dynon: the D3 can not display magnetic heading.
The D3 has an internal GPS receiver, which will allow these functions to work.
You can set the barometric numbers for accuracy and the unit has sensors for altitude. As for the ground speed you are able to select MPH.
Per the manual, GPS is required for the attitude to work properly.