WELLINGTON, KS (Aug. 15, 2019) – Air Plains Services, a world leader in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, will be exhibiting a Cessna 180 with one of the company’s signature 300hp XP engines and talking aircraft transformation at the AOPA Fly-In in Tullahoma, TN, September 13 and 14.
“We’re excited to be traveling east, getting to know aircraft owners in a different part of the country than we normally do,” said Mike Kelley, Air Plains owner. “Tullahoma, like our own Wellington, Kansas, has an interesting history and strong ties to aerospace, making it an ideal spot for an AOPA Fly-In.”
Air Plains is widely known for its industry leading range of high-horsepower piston engine upgrades, including its famous XP line of extreme performance upgrades for Cessna 172, 180 and 182 models, as well as new STCs for 260hp upgrades for Cessna 182 S/T and Cessna 182RG models.
Air Plains is unique in the industry as it also ships complete engine upgrade kits anywhere in the world. The company’s kits include not only the engine and propeller (for most kits), but every part, baffle and bolt needed for installation. Air Plains has delivered or installed more than 3,000 engine upgrades in more than 40 years in business.
“Just as in Wellington, engine technology is a specialty in Tullahoma, thanks to Arnold Air Force Base,” Kelley said. “Beginning in the 1960s, they’ve tested just about every important jet or rocket engine used by the Air Force, so we’ll find a knowledgeable audience there.”
Tullahoma Regional Airport is also home to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. Walter Beech was born in nearby Pulaski, eventually relocating to Wichita, Kansas, just north of Wellington, where he went on to fame as a pioneer in general aviation.
Air Plains experts on hand are also ready to discuss its range of Dynon, Avidyne, Guardian, Appareo, L3, Aspen, FreeFlight, and TruTrak avionics systems and components. Air Plains also specializes in spare parts, offering more than 500 PMA part numbers, including certified airbox replacements at prices on a par with repaired boxes and at a fraction of OEM prices for new boxes.
The Cessna 180 on display by Air Plains features the Inpulse ADI system, allowing piston aircraft owners the option to safely use unleaded 91/93 octane fuel (MOGAS) in certain high-compression aircraft engines, offering a long-term solution to the uncertain future of 100 low lead aviation fuel.