May 2007 Issue

Panel Replacements: Metal vs. Overlay

If you’re sinking $30,000 into new avionics, that old cracked Royalite panel has got to go. Here’s a look at some options. FAA approval may be the tricky part.

Utilitarian to the core, we aren’t impressed by flashy instrument panel work. And by this, we mean panels decked out in custom colors and patterns that blend with a pricey leather interior and a toney exterior paint job. But we’re not crazy about the 1970s-style Royalite overlays, either. These long ago outlived their appeal and few have aged gracefully.

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