The story of Midwest Panel Builders can be traced back to the mid-1990s. As I sat watching airplanes at the Romeo Airport (D98), I had the sudden realization that I was finally able to pursue and fulfill my dream – flight. That was the exact moment I decided to do it. I found an instructor at a nearby airport who had a Cessna 150 and charged $65 per hour total. I fell in love. Not long after, I had my Private Pilot License.
The 737-800 simulator that rekindled my passion for aviation.
After a few years, I had a family to think about, which limited my flying. However, as my son, Adam, got a little older, he became heavily interested in aviation. After noticing his and conducting some research, we finalized our plans to build a full-scale static Boeing 737 simulator. Who knew that this would mark the beginning of our journey?
Soon after the completion of the simulator, I had a renewed sense of inspiration, and decided to become a flight instructor. I started with my instrument rating, before commercial, CFI, and finally my CFII, at which time I decided to partner in a flight school in Lapeer.
Not long after, with the help of a local aircraft builder, I embarked on a new business venture, Midwest Sky Sports, focused on building experimental aircraft. Once we got started, we discovered a newer manufacturer called Sling Aircraft. After some research and a few flights, Sling was the obvious choice for us.
Though our aircraft experience was beneficial, avionics posed an issue for our fledgling company. Fortunately, my son, Adam, had experience in the field, along with extensive knowledge in electrical and electronics. After some convincing, Adam insisted that he could fill the role and perform the duties. He researched what was needed to equip our first Sling build, along with the cost, diagrams, layouts, supplies, and more. Needless to say, he got the position after impressing our entire crew with his level of skill.
With each new system, Adam has refined his process and become even more skilled. Learning more about the system, Adam is able to integrate more options that are not typically offered elsewhere, creating great demand for our products and services.
Now, our team remains wholly focused on the avionics and electrical systems of the Sling aircraft for the home builder. With our extensive knowledge of the Sling aircraft and our proven process, we offer a product miles above the rest.