I am very happy with the panel Up North Aviation made for my RV-7, the service is prompt and made my assembly job very easy. Prices are reasonable,too.
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Dick S. RV-7 TU Just finished the CNC panel process with Up North. Thought the service was great and the panel looks excellent and everything fits.
Did a half dozen or so paper iterations then approved a full-sized paper template. The panel was completed and in my hands a week from then including transit. Relatively simple all glass panel but still 43 holes or cut outs.
Other readers have mentioned DIY. I do not have the shop facilities to easily do the job. That particularly applies to supporting the panel for cutting and filing. Also felt my chances of not making a goof that I would see every flight was mininal.
Bill has templates for all the popular instruments so for example you just have to say Skyview and the location. Another advantage is he checks for interferences and clearances. In the end the layout is your's but he is of great assistance.
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Mike D. RV-7 Partial
"Bill was very professional in his approach as we worked toward updating my instrument panel. He took my ideas, offered his suggestions and produced a top notch final product. Every component fit into their respective cutouts as we had planned. His advise about thinking of the panel in 3 dimensions, where consideration of the “behind the panel” structure and installed items, was spot on. A minor measuring error on my part required that I do some minor reworking at the top to include all of the components. I’m very pleased with the final results and highly recommend Bill for those looking to design and produce a top quality instrument panel or update to their existing panel."
"What a pleasure it was to work with Bill. Since I had no experience in AutoCAD, Bill was willing to do the CAD drawing for me. All I did was send him a sketch of how I wanted my panel to look and a list of equipment that was being installed. I was extremely impressed with Bill’s attention to every detail. He researched the make and model of each piece of equipment and every switch and light to ensure the proper dimensions. Bill is an incredibly patient man and very easy to work with. He never seemed to mind any changes I had requested during the design process. Bill was always prompt on returning drawing revisions to me. He even checked on me from time to time if he hadn’t heard back from me concerning a revision. Now that’s what I call service. My panel turned out beautifully, just as I had hoped for. For anyone building an airplane, I highly recommend to let Bill cut your panel for you. You will have no regrets."
Thanks for all of your hard work and being a stand up guy. I would recommend your services to anyone. You do top notch work and do what you say you will do. Please let me know if there is ever anything that I can do for you.
I tried to cut my RV-7 panel for the complex shape of the VM-1000C engine monitor. I measured carefully, drilled, cut, filed, and sanded only to be totally disappointed with the fit. Obviously needing professional help, I contacted Up North Aviation by email to discuss panel cutting options. After a few email exchanges, Bill provided me with a beautifully crafted panel at very reasonable cost. The best part is that the complexly shaped engine monitor fit into the panel with perfect precision. I'm very impressed.