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I want to change the left and center avionics panels on my 2008 CTLS.

 

FDUSA has none in stock.

 

Does anyone have them for sale or know where I might buy them?

 

Can I have them custom made? What sort of business would do that?

 

TIA,

 

Bill

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It's just sheet metal.

 

You might want to look at them again. The original is a composite with a decretive brushed aluminum skin. There is no reason it couldn't be replaced by aluminum.

You might check with Airtime Aviation in Tulsa, they have done a fair amount of panel replacement work.

Also you might ask FDUSA if they have a computer file to get one cut somewhere.

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I want to change the left and center avionics panels on my 2008 CTLS.

 

FDUSA has none in stock.

 

Does anyone have them for sale or know where I might buy them?

 

Can I have them custom made? What sort of business would do that?

 

TIA,

 

Bill

Check with John Hurst, he just installed new panels on my brother's aircraft. The old ones might be available (not old at all).

 

Cheers

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You might want to look at them again. The original is a composite with a decretive brushed aluminum skin. There is no reason it couldn't be replaced by aluminum.

You might check with Airtime Aviation in Tulsa, they have done a fair amount of panel replacement work.

Also you might ask FDUSA if they have a computer file to get one cut somewhere.

 

You know, I knew it had a decorative coating, but I had thought it was over the sheet metal. I think you may very well be right :)

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I have seen them on edge, they look like aluminum...about a 1/8 inch thick.  No reason they can't be made from any metal as long as it's rigid.

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2024-t3 .100 or .125 thick

 

Wow...0.125" is 1/8"...that seems way thicker (and harder to cut!) than necessary.  I'd use 0.090, 0.060, or maybe even down to 0.030".  It's not structural, it just has to be stiff enough to not flex over the relatively small panel size.

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I found this material very cheap at IKEA. I do not remember the IKEA article name or number but have some spare plates in my cellar. If you like, I can have a closer look and hopefully find a number or name.

 

Greetz

 

Markus

 

Postedit: I think its name is "FASTBO". Check it out and you will see, it is the original FlightDesign panel material.

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