During long cross-country flights you spend hours sitting behind your aircraft panel just staring at it... Why not stare at a panel that looks GOOD? An aircraft panel can tell a lot about its owner.
A few reasons to install a custom panel are:
When it comes to panel design Air Plains takes the job to completion. We maintain the same professionalism as the installation of our engines and aircraft accessories. You can customize your aircraft panel by installing a variety of panel lighting, instrument gauges, engine monitoring systems and other accessories.
We take EVERY project to a personal level. We just don't install an aircraft panel, it is a work of art.
Air Plains will refurbish your existing panel or modify it completely to your exact specifications.
This 1961 182D received a brand new panel from Air Plains. Some of the avionics included were the I-Link L3 MFD, GDL 69/A Weather Uplink with XM Radio, Traffic Alert System and Sandel SN3500 EHSI. This aircraft was also equipped with a dual alternator system designed by Air Plains. Using a computer model on this project was critical and time saving. Our team was able to identify many challenges even before the panel was disassembled. The control "T-Bar" had to be shortened by less then one inch to allow clearance for the avionics stack.
BJ Brown called Air Plains after spending days looking for a aircraft shop that would modify his panel according to his desired configuration. His main goal was to relocate the transponder and radios from the lower left side of the panel to the middle of the panel (center stack ) where it could be reached by the Co-Pilot. Since this aircraft is equiped with a "T- bar" for the flight controls, the clearance between the dash and the T-Bar was critical. Our engineering team did a dynamic simulation on the T-bar to assure that there would be enough clearance between the radio stack and the top of the T-Bar before any disassemble was conducted, thus saving time and money. This panel instalation was featured in the Cessna Owner Magazine.
Since the panel frame and the hardware did not require any modifications, this brand new metal panel on the 182H was an easy project. The addition of UMA lights made this panel a real pleasure to fly at night. Paper thin UMA Light Strips were installed underneath the dashboard and bezel lights added to the instrument gauges.
N172AP received lots of detailing on its fabrication. Placards were neatly silk-screened on the panel to avoid the use of all the "ugly" stickers. Most aircraft also receive a brand new interior by Air Plains. We offer a variety of color options for the panel and the interior of your aircraft.
This 172 N was equipped with a brand new panel. All components are fabricated in-house on the MultiCAM Router. We also provide the option of adding standby cut-outs in case other gauges will beinstalled in the future.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss a new design for your panel, do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-752-8481.