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Aircraft flying

Cessna 182


150 ktas

Cruise Speed

1065 fpm

Climb Rate

650 ft.

Take-Off Distance

24,000 ft.

Service Ceiling

2,200 hrs



Cruise Speed


Climb Rate


Take-Off Roll


Service Ceiling



Performance Increase

6 Cylinder Lycoming Engine


Factory new Lycoming IO-540-D4B5 engine equipped with Slick magnetos, wiring harness, spark plugs. New fuel injection system from Lycoming.  New logbook and factory warranty. Engine can come from the factory with Electronic Ignition System, if desired.




260 HP

Max. RPM

2700 RPM


2200 HRS

Fuel Consumption

75% Power

12-14 GPH

Aircraft Engine
  • Factory new Lycoming IO-540 engine comes with new starter, Slick Magnetos, wiring harness and spark plugs 

  • Optional Electronic Ignition System

  • Fuel Injection System

  • Placard Kit

  • Lycoming Warranty 

  • Reuse existing three blade propeller 

  • Remark ASI, and tachometer per STC requirements

  • STC Paperwork, Install Instructions & Drawings

Complete Kit

We provide a very basic kit for the Cessna 182S and 182T engine upgrade. The 260HP engine upgrade is very similar to a typical engine R&R. We provide what is needed to accomplish the installation

Cessna 182RG


All propellers have been matched to provide the best combination of airframe and powerplant thru flight test and vibration analysis. We offer several propeller STCs to make each aircraft unique.


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Fuel Injection

Anytime an engine generates more than 260 HP we believe that fuel injection provides the needed even fuel distribution on each cylinder to make your flying worry free. You will achieve more predictable CHTs and EGTs and enjoy a smoother ride with reduced vibration. This minimizes premature component failure. Did we mention 0% carburetor ice issues?


Electronic Ignition

Our STC upgrade has the option to incorporate the latest technology of the EIS (Electronic Ignition System). Delivered from Lycoming with lighter weight and improved safety that has been field and flight tested. The Lycoming EIS has no moving parts and nearly eliminates scheduled maintenance requirements. 

Electronic Ignition System


With Air Plains there are a few options to get 180 horsepower into your Skyhawk. We do not sell the "STC Paperwork" only because we believe that the kit parts that we offer with the engine upgrade is the "secret sauce" to a complete, safe and successful installation. We have added several more parts over the 45 years with our continual engineering. Our goal is to make the installer's job as easy as possible. Installation instructions and blueprints safeguard the procedures and standards for installation and maintenance of your new engine... no matter where you choose to have it installed. 

Did you know that in the state of Kansas there is no sales tax on aircraft maintenance or modification?​​​

Option 1

Install at Air Plains

  • Purchase Complete Kit

  • Engine Provided

  • Installed at our Facilities

  • One flat fee

  • Use our Know-How

  • 2 to 3 weeks Turn Time

Option 2

Install at your FBO

  • Purchase Complete Kit

  • Installed by your mechanic

  • Complete Hardware

  • Instructions and Drawings

  • Tech Support provided

Proepller and engine crate

Customer Focus

Besides customer satisfaction, one of our main goals is to provide continual airworthiness for your aircraft. We are never done adding more features to the upgrade kit. This is why we fabricate our FAA-PMA parts in-house. We are able to reduce cost significantly to save you more money and provide a product that meets our kit quality standards. We are here to provide future support in your maintenance. Visit our online store to find STC products and FAA-PMA parts.



OEM Vs. Air Plains

Aircraft parts
Aircraft parts





Aircraft parts



Aircraft parts

We offer several products that will enhance your aircraft and add more pleasure to your flying. During an engine upgrade we are able to install other products and accessories efficiently since we start with a clean slate. 


Lycoming electronic ignition system

Electronic Ignition

Engine data monitor by JP Instrument

Engine Monitor

Custom aircraft interior

Aircraft Interior




Custom instrument panel



Flint aero auxillary fuel tanks



Fly above the terrain and get there faster
Take advantage of true airspeed at altitude 
Climb to new heights and find the tailwind

Plain Simple

Need a performance overhaul? We provide the most simple recipe for an additional 30 horsepower in your Cessna 182 S and T models. It is only a 3 page installation manual, with zero airframe modifications and no reduction in useful load. You will experience a new way to fly your aircraft.

Custom instrument panel
Fly at 20 In. Hg. and set a comfortable cruise

2400 RPM

150 KTAS

Develop more power at altitude 

12.6 GPH

Rich of peak operation at 10,500 feet

20 In. Hg.

Manifold Pressure

Propeller Speed

2400 RPM

True Airspeed

150 KTAS

12.6 GPH

Fuel Consumption


We can guarantee you will be a lot closer to the yellow arc of your airspeed indicator. 

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