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.
“This was, by far, one of our most extensive projects and allowed to us apply a wide range of our skills on one airplane,” said Mike Kelley, founder and president of Air Plains Services. “We do our own engineering, manufacturing and installation on so many things, but we also have relationships with other expert suppliers to transform a customer’s airplane into exactly what they want.”
Representatives from Air Plains will be on hand both days at the AOPA Fly-In in Norman next to the 182 at ramp display #1016.
Air Plains, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, built its global reputation with its Cessna 172, 180 and 182 Extreme Performance XP solutions for higher horsepower engines. Air Plains not only installs the upgrades at its facility in Wellington, it ships complete XP kits across the globe – more than 3,000 to date.
Air Plains also performs a wide array of scheduled maintenance and inspection activities, custom airframe and interior work and specializing in custom avionics panels, engine analyzer installations, ADS-B solutions, airframe repair, and complete tech support. Air Plains is an FAA Certified Repair Station, a Certified Cessna Service Center, and offers more than 500 PMA spare parts including many hard-to-find part numbers.
Another Air Plains product is the INPULSE ADI system that enables the operator to use 91-octane unleaded automotive fuel (MOGAS) in some high compression engines.