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Overview

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The mighty Cessna 172 is a true warrior! It is the safest and most forgiving aircraft ever built to date and a great companion for all your flying adventures. A great airplane deserves a great engine and that is why we decided to pair it with a Factory New Lycoming O-360 engine delivering 180 horsepower of pure power. This combination of airframe and engine is guaranteed to add more excitement and flexibility to your flying, and if nothing else, it will simply make you a super-hero.

Our conversion will increase your cruise airspeed, climb-rate and payload capability. Air Plains will help you achieve the performance you always dreamed you had available. All kit parts are manufactured at our facilities, where we maintain close control on fabrication and production. Parts are FAA-PMA approved in order to ensure that you will receive the best quality and most complete conversion kit.

Once you taste the extra power available and the quality of our product the only thing you will wish for is that you had done the conversion sooner. We are always committed to you, providing help during your purchase all the way to your flying.

 

Powerplant

Powerplant

All engine conversions include the installation of a Factory New Lycoming O-360 engine rated at 180O-360 Horsepower. Engine includes slick magnetos, wiring harness, spark plugs, carburetor, ring-gear, starter and alternator.

The Lycoming O-360 series engines are four-cylinder, direct-drive, horizontally opposed, air-cooled models. The cylinders are of conventional air-cooled construction with heads made from an aluminum-alloy casting and a fully machined combustion chamber. Rocker-shaft bearing supports are cast integral with the head, along with housings to form the rocker boxes. The cylinder barrels have deep integral cooling fins, and the inside of the barrels are ground and honed to a specified finish.

Powerplant Lycoming O-360 Engine
Manufacturer Lycoming
Engine Model O-360-A2F, A3A, A4A, A4M, A4N
Horsepower 180 HP
Maximum RPM 2700 rpm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Time Between Overhauls 2000 hrs
Fuel Consumption (2500 RPM) 8.5-10.3 GPH
Approved Fuel 91/96 Avgas, 100LL Avgas

Propeller

Propeller

All propellers have been matched to provide the best combination of airframe and powerplant. Propeller blades with different pitch rage are available if your goal is to achieve an optimal cruise speed or climb rate.

Propeller McCauley 1A170 Sensenich 76EM8S
Manufacturer McCaulley Sensenich
Model /JFA-7658 or /CFA-7660 14-0-60 or -0-60
Engine Model A2F, A3A A4A, A4M
Blades 2 2
Diameter Max. 76 76
Diameter Min. 74.5 76
Pitch Range 56-60 56-60

Performance

Performance

The Air Plains 180 HP offers substantially increased climb and cruise performance, along with the ability to increase your overall payload. Our conversion flight tests have proven a 15 -20 mile per hour increase in cruise speed, and a 300-400 foot per minute increase in the rate of climb.

 

APS 180 HP Performance
O-360-A4M
Cruise Airspeed 150+ mph
Rate of Climb (Sea Level) 800-1000 fpm
Take-Off Distance 960 feet
Gross Weight Increase (STC SA2196CE) GWI

Installation

Installation

Air Plains Skyhawk conversion replaces your old Continental O-300 engine with a factory new Lycoming O-360 180 Horsepower engine.
We are often asked what makes the Air Plains 180 different from our competition. Our complete kit concept, design for long term durability, and personal service set us apart. The installation takes an average of 60 man hours to complete. Turn around time can be 5 full days, with sufficient scheduling if you decide to have Air Plains install your new engine. Should you choose our ship-out kit, the average installation times at shops around the country range between 70 to 80 man hours for the first time installer.
  1. Complete 180 HP Conversion - All hardware, propeller and Factory New engine O-360-A4M are included
  2. Air Plains Kit Only - All hardware and propeller included. Engine is purchased separately.

Whether installed here at our facility or shipped to your local shop for installation, your Air Plains 180 Horsepower engine conversion will be delivered as an all-encompassing kit. Installation instructions, blueprints, and continued airworthiness manual safeguard the procedures and standards for installation and maintenance of your new conversion...no matter where you choose to have your conversion installed.

Kit Accessories


Kit Accessories

Kitting on the Cessna 172 STC for Air Plains 180 HP changes slightly on every model aircraft to accommodate changes in the original airframe design.

    • Sensenich Propeller spacer & mounting bolts
    • Baffle/Exhaust modification parts
    • Re-use existing engine mount
    • Engine isolator mounts with mounting bolts
    • Alternator belt
    • Vacuum hoses
    • Scat hoses
    • Fuel & oil lines
    • New Airbox
    • Induction air filter element
    • Throttle/mixture support bracket
    • STC, Blueprints, Installation Instructions

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