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Old 09-20-2021, 05:10 PM
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Default Catching up to a cold front

Interesting flight home today - I left Reno (actually Carson City KCXP) and climbed up to 17,000 for the flight home to Texas, enjoying a rather nice tailwind from the cold front that had come through Reno the day before - right up until I caught up to the leading edge and passed through it in New Mexico.

Take a look at this flighaware track from today - https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...430Z/KCXP/73XS

You can see quite clearly by looking at my groundspeed just where I got into the leading edge of the front about 2/3 of the way home, and then flew out of it.

I saw ~35 knots tail component for the first half of the flight - nice enough that my trip home, just over 1000 nautical, took 6.0 hours start to stop and burned only 39 gallons.
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Old 09-20-2021, 06:00 PM
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I don't think they could display anymore information on one screen.
Looks fantastic!
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Old 09-21-2021, 06:47 AM
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I don't think they could display anymore information on one screen.
Looks fantastic!
Oh, we've already past the point of having enough information to fill the screen - there are lots more things that could be on there, you have to prioritize them for the space available.
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Old 09-21-2021, 06:56 AM
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Greg, have you found reading the information to be ever be difficult? When I look at the screen, my mind is saying information overload even though I know that everything on the screen is needed at some point. I’m fixing to upgrade and was wondering about the readability.
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Old 09-21-2021, 07:06 AM
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Greg, have you found reading the information to be ever be difficult? When I look at the screen, my mind is saying information overload even though I know that everything on the screen is needed at some point. I’m fixing to upgrade and was wondering about the readability.
Thanks,
Craig
Yes - that's a valid point - when I first installed the Dynon screens I did not have nearly so much "stuff" on them, because I found it difficult to pick out rapidly what I wanted to see. I put the "kills me fast" things on first as priority, flew with them until I was comfortable, and then starting adding the "kills me slow" stuff and flew with that awhile, then started putting in the "nice to have" stuff. The result is what you see today - but it's definitely a learning curve until you get used to it. Now we have 3 airplanes with HDX screens all setup exactly the same - same info boxes in the same places - so everything is where it's supposed to be no matter which plane we fly. We are looking for an RV10, and I'll set the panel up the same way for the same reason.

I fly about 200 hours a year and do a lot more cross-country than most pilots by far - so my choices are a bit weighted toward the XC information selection as well, which by nature goes into the "nice to have" category and results in a little more panel clutter.
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:03 AM
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I agree with Greg. During transition training, I had a hard time adjusting to information being in different parts of the screen and being able to quickly find it my scan.

Alex D. then had me put the PFD in a simulated six pack screen mode and the MFD in the traditional EFIS screen mode. It took me about ten hours to adjust to the new screen formats. It doesn’t take long and as Greg mentioned you can handle much more information being displayed if you ease into over time.

Try doing is one big jump and it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:47 AM
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Oh, we've already past the point of having enough information to fill the screen - there are lots more things that could be on there, you have to prioritize them for the space available.
why the heck are you reading OAT temperature in Fahrenheit? it's been Celcius for a looooong time now. looks like a good trip.
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Old 09-21-2021, 09:07 AM
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Fahrenheit gives you almost double—1.8x—the precision of Celsius without having to delve into decimals, which are not displayed.
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Old 09-21-2021, 09:15 AM
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Fahrenheit gives you almost double—1.8x—the precision of Celsius without having to delve into decimals, which are not displayed.
but nobody knows what it means anymore. move to Celcius.

100C = boiling
40C = hot weather
23C = nice weather
15C = standard day weather
0C = freezing
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Old 09-21-2021, 09:49 AM
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Impressive tailwind. I don't think I've ever seen one like that westbound.
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