Six Pack Aero, manufacturer of affordable custom stationary instrument panels for Cessnas, received a supplemental type certificate for the Legacy XL Stationary Panel.
The replacement stationary panel is for Cessna 172 models E through M and allows for the installation of 10-inch primary flight display avionics.
It all began in 2018 when pilot and founder of Six Pack Aero Lyle Jansma and Gibbs sought to upgrade their 1971 Cessna 172L with flush-mount Garmin G5s in a six-pack, instead of the stock offset layout, and discovered they couldn’t put a six-pack in the L model. “We ended up keeping the offset layout and created a new aluminum instrument panel as an owner manufactured part,” Gibbs said.
“Over the next couple years,” Gibbs continued, “we began to help other owners design instrument panel overlays as owner manufactured parts and started Six Pack Aero, and through this learned the limitations of all the models of 172. When a good friend of ours approached us wanting to know if he could put a [10-inch] G3X touch in his 1973 172M, Lyle came up with the idea of redesigning the stationary panel to accommodate [10-inch] PFDs or six-packs. After that proof of concept was successful, Lyle decided to pursue the STC.”
The Legacy XL Stationary Panel will be available starting in January for purchase from Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co., at the introductory price of $6,950. For this price, buyers will receive:
Looking to the future, the company has plans to add the Cessna 172 B, C, and D models to the STC, and is beginning to develop a design for Cessna 182s.