Here is a glimpse behind the scenes of the different steps that go into a SLAVX panel while it is built in Chicago. Manufacturing begins on the 1st day of each month and concludes on the 15th day of each month.
Step 1 – Order Acknowledgement
Stay Level Avionix acknowledges your order, provides estimated manufacturing and shipping dates.
Step 2 – Design Finalized
Custom Panel CAD is finalized with customers based on avionics, such as RealSimGear GNS 430/530, G1000, etc…. Component support is finalized, for example the yoke, throttle, and trim wheel support.
Step 3 – Fabrication
All components of the SLAVX panel are plasma-cut, milled, sanded, and welded to create the bespoke frame that will become the overall panel.
Step 4 – Powder Coating
Powder coating offers a robust finish which is environmentally friendly, as well as cost-effective for customers. Stay Level Avionix offers a variety of colors to fulfill customer requests.
Step 5 – Upholstery & LED Glare-Shield
The foamed glareshield is upholstered and finished with an edge-trim molding, very similar to that of an actual aircraft panel. The LED array is affixed to the panel with a hook and loop system should it require servicing in the future. Anti-slip feet are permanently adhered and the component mounting hardware and tools are brought together.
Step 6 – Packaging & Shipping
Boxes are reinforced with engineered construction foam for rigidity purposes, panels are packed, and additional cushioning via FDA-compliant bio-degradable packing peanuts are added. Stay Level Avionix recommends re-using the packaging materials or disposing of them properly. The packing peanuts are bio-degradable and break down in water as to not harm the environment. Due to the large box dimensions, all rates have been negotiated with FedEx to be most affordable to customers in the lower 48 USA.
For a closer look at the SLAVX panel in action, check out the video below.