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    I thought I'd mention something that I installed just for the fun of it, that I now consider almost essential equipment. I've got a Dynon Skyview system. One of the options was a video input adapter for $175. That, paired with a $60 backup camera from Amazon installed in the nosebowl, and I can actually see where I'm going.

    It's awesome. I've got a tricky taxi between hangars with zero room to weave back and forth. Even with my head out the window there would always be a blind spot without the camera.

    I haven't been off airport yet but it'll be super useful on gravel bars and backcountry strips where there's obstacles.

    I've you're installing an EFIS system that can take a camera input I would highly recommend it.
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    Brilliant Tim. Can the video input adapter be retrofitted ?

    Also interested what you did for a power supply for the camera?
    Last edited by Nev; 07-03-2022, 12:14 AM.
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    • TimTall
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      If you're running a Skyview system it's super easy. It just plugs into one of the USB ports. The adapter is set up to take two different types of video input so it'll work with most aftermarket backup cameras. The skyview system can flip the image if the camera only displays a mirror image as some backup cams do. Some cameras have a way to switch the output.

      For wiring I just ran a 12v source from my fuse panel. The camera has to be powered up when skyview boots up so its easiest to give it constant power when the battery switch is on. I guess you could just add it to the Skyview circuit with the same effect though. Unfortunately I forgot to wire an independent ground to my FWF ground block though. It shares a ground with my landing/wigwag lights that are on either side of the camera in the nose bowl. I get a very slight click in the headset when the wigwags flash and I suspect it could be the common ground. Easy enough to add another ground next time i have the cowl off.

  • #3
    Very cool. I bought the video adapter with the Skyview HDX, but haven't hooked up a camera yet. Which camera did you go with and where did you mount yours? The picture out in front looks nice.

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    • robcaldwell
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      I am also interested to know which camera you sourced. I have been considering adding a forward facing camera too. I also have the Dynon HDX with video in option.

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    I am wanting a taxi-cam, but talking to Dynon (they are building my panel) the currently HDX is not compatible with cameras. They used to be, and likely will be going forward, but not currently. Long story, but software changes and supply chain issues. I am thinking I will install the camera, do the wiring and wait for the compatibility.
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    • #5
      The camera is a cheap one from Amazon...
      https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      Video quality is good enough. I'm not sure how much better a more expensive camera would be anyway. The resolution of the display might be the limit.

      It's mounted in the lower nose bowl below the spinner and between the landing lights. It's just a little black dot. Most people don't even notice it.
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      • Battson
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        That's a good looking cowling right there. Love the aesthetic of those cowl flaps

      • TimTall
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        I might have taken a little inspiration from you here! Thanks for that. I'm righting a post right now about the baffles, cowl flaps, and cooling. You'll recognize a few details for sure.

      • robcaldwell
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        I noticed that your Amazon link was Canadian. Not that there is anything wrong with that! It took me a minute to catch the difference.

        Canadian pricing indicated $50, and U.S. = $15.

        U.S. Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Chuanganzhuo-...ps%2C64&sr=8-3

    • #6
      Very neat idea. I’m definitely going to file this away until I get to that point in my build. Thanks for sharing!

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      • #7
        Great thread! Thanks for sharing…I’m pondering the same with the G3X video input feature (Model 5 kit builder).

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