WELLINGTON, KS (June 26, 2021) – Air Plains Services, a world leader in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, announced today company representatives flew N182AP – it’s signature upgrade project – to AirVenture 2021.
The Cessna 182, owned by Michael McRobert of Kansas City, represents the most extensive upgrade project to date for the company, a complete tip-to-tail refurbishment that included a 300hp engine upgrade. The story of the refurb of the 1976 182Q was featured in a three-part series on Cessna Flyer Magazine in the summer of 2018.
“We were thrilled for Mike McRobert to let us feature his airplane this year at Oshkosh,” said Rafael Soldan, Air Plains head engineer who is at the show this year. “We are very proud of this project and eager to have people come by for a look.”
N182AP is parked on Row 611 in the general aviation parking area.
Air Plains managed the project for McRobert, who did much of the research and planning himself. The airplane now features, in addition to the 300hp XP engine upgrade, Flint Aero tip tanks with new LED lighting, Garmin G500, GTN 750 and a GTN 650, JPI EDM930, Stormscope WX-500, new interior and headliner, new wind screen and new custom paint.
General aviation has remained fairly strong over the past year and sales at Air Plains remained steady. Over the past year, the company has added a number of new items to its line of products and upgrades including the new Lycoming EIS for 180hp Cessna 172s, the Hartzell Tailblazer prop for 300hp Cessna operators and new avionics including the Alpha Systems AOA stand-alone angle of attack indicator. The company has also added new PMA parts including an adjustable airbox bracket and airbox gaskets, both added to the company’s new online store.
Air Plains also recently announced it will have a formal exhibit later this summer at both AOPA Aviator Showcases scheduled for August 27 in Manassas, Virginia, and October 1 in Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information about any of Air Plains products or services, call 1-800-752-8481 or +1-620-326-8904, visit www.airplains.com. For online shopping, visit the Air Plains web store at https://shopairplains.com.