News Releases

Air Plains Services to Unveil Latest Project at AOPA Fly-In in Norman

Wellington, KS. (August 29, 2017) – Air Plains Services will unveil its latest modification project at the AOPA Fly-In in Norman, Oklahoma, Sept. 8-9 – a completely refurbished Cessna 182, exhibiting the full range of the company’s products and expertise.

The 1977 Cessna 182Q has been fitted with a new Air Plains 300XP Extreme Performance engine upgrade, kicking the power up to 300 hp. Air Plains completely refurbished the interior with new seats, carpet and headliner, and produced a custom avionics panel for the new suite provided by Higginsville Avionics Lab in Missouri. The airframe was inspected and repaired by Air Plains and given a new coat of paint by R&B Aircraft Painting in Topeka, Kansas.

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Air Plains Responds to MSB632B by Lycoming

Wellington, KS. (August 11, 2017) – Air Plains Services has already contacted its customers impacted by the FAA’s proposed Airworthiness Directive regarding a mandatory inspection of certain Lycoming engines installed or overhauled since November 2015.

 “We’ve been working with our customers on this since the Lycoming Service Bulletin came out last week,” said Mike Kelley, president of Air Plains Services. “We stay connected with all our customers anyway and on critical issues like this, we like to get ahead of the issue.”

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Air Plains Services to Exhibit Extreme Performance Capability at Norman, Ok at AOPA Fly-In in September

Wellington, KS. (Aug. 12, 2017) – Air Plains Services announced today it will be on hand at the AOPA Fly-In in Norman, Oklahoma, September 8-9th, with a static display featuring Cessna 182 equipped with Air Plains Extreme Performance aircraft engine upgrades for Cessna single-engine pistons as well as its full range of parts and services for a variety of aircraft models.

"We're excited to be exhibiting at a place so close to home!" said Katie Church, head of sales and marketing at Air Plains. "While our XP upgrades and kits headline the display, we'll be ready to talk with the pilot community about any of our services, from maintenance solutions and complete refurbishment to spare parts, including our popular airbox replacements."

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Air Plains Services to Exhibit Extreme Performance Capability at California AOPA Fly-In in April

Wellington, KS. (March 13, 2017) – Air Plains Services announced today it will be on hand at the AOPA Fly-In in Camarillo, California, April 28-29, with an exhibit featuring information on its Extreme Performance aircraft engine upgrades for Cessna single-engine pistons as well as its full range of parts and services for a variety of aircraft models.

"We're excited to be heading to California to share information on the Air Plains stable of XP engine upgrades for Cessna 172s, 180s and 182s," said Katie Church, head of sales and marketing at Air Plains. "While our XP upgrades and kits headline the display, we'll be ready to talk with the pilot community about any of our services, from maintenance solutions and complete refurbishment to spare parts, including our popular airbox replacements."

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Air Plains Services Marks 40 years as Extreme Performance Leader

Wellington, KS. (Feb. 9, 2017) – Wellington, Kansas, just south of Wichita, calls itself the Wheat Capital of the World, but there is a global audience that also knows it as the home of Air Plains Services, this year marking 40 years as a leader in creating extreme performance upgrades for thousands of Cessna piston aircraft around the globe.

“I started Air Plains 40 years ago out of my passion for making airplanes fly better, faster and more agile, and cheaper to operate, and it’s grown into a company recognized around the world for our XP extreme performance kits for Cessna piston singles, as well as for our high-quality airframe modifications and maintenance for a variety of aircraft models,” said Mike Kelley, owner of Air Plains.  “Our team supports not only our many individual owners for XP installations and kits, aircraft maintenance and modifications, but we’re frequently called on by OEMs for our reliable expertise in getting the best performance out of a variety of aircraft models.”

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