On 2/13/2013 I started communicating with Bill Morelli at Up North Aviation regarding cutting out my new instrument panel for my RV-6 panel upgrade. I sent Bill the layout for my panel and he looked it over, made a few modifications, and emailed me a file containing a full size image of the new panel. I took the file to Staples and had it printed out and checked the new dimensions. Perfect fit! I notified Bill that the design was ready to cut and sent him a panel blank. I received the panel on 2/28/2013 and it looks great! I highly recommend Up North Aviation and Bill is very easy to work with.
"Cut from a TurboCAD DWG file in 0.090 thinck 2024-T3 aluminum. The resulting panel is nicely cut and very accurate. Working from a computer file rather than manually cutting makes the square holes easier and much more accurate. The mounting for the 10 inch Dynon Skyview screen is accurate and is just a straight copy of dimensions from the data sheet. The close up picture shows the nice smooth, sharp edge on all of the holes and cutouts.
I did find that the "bezier" curve function in TurboCAD did not translate well, so the large curve at the top of the panel was manually made from a number of small straight lines, easy to do in TurboCAD.
Overall, a very nice job and a lot of time savings for a much better panel than I could have achieved with multiple cutting tools and files in my workshop."
"I asked Up North Aviation to cut the panel for my RV6 and I cannot say enough about the patience, expertise, and professionalism displayed by Mr. Bill Morelli. I can't count the number of changes I requested - all of which were adopted in to my panel design accurately and promptly. In several cases, Bill was able to refine cut outs in the panel for me simply by providing him the make and model of the item to be installed. This saved me a lot of time. Trial fitting of my instruments in the panel confirmed that everything had been cut to the precise size and location requested.
Overall the process was extremely easy and I would not hesitate doing business with Up North Aviation again."