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Air Plains Cessna 182P, 182Q Customers with 300hp Upgrade Eligible for Trolltune Fresh Pick Gross Weight Increase STC

Updated: Apr 22

WELLINGTON, KS (April 2, 2024) – Air Plains Services, a world leader in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, confirmed today its customers, or prospective customers, with a Cessna 182 P or Q model with the 300hp engine upgrade are eligible for the Trolltune Fresh Pick gross weight increase STC.

The GWI STC adds 150-160 pounds of useful load with no modification to the aircraft and can be added both with new orders and for existing customers. The STC can be purchased through Air Plains and is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada. The STC covers some 3,600 airframes produced by Cessna in the U.S. as well as Cessna 182s produced under license in Reims, France.

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“Air Plains Services been installing the Fresh Pick STC for many customers over the last 14-plus years,” said Katie Church, Air Plains president. “The added take-off weight helps tremendously since the engine we are installing, the IO-550, is heavier than the original O-470. Many customers have found it very useful and, at only $750 plus filing paperwork, a ‘no brainer’ upgrade to add at the time of the Air Plains 300HP engine installation.”

The STC was developed by California engineer Tom Storli in response to a requirement for extra loiter time for a small fleet of special mission 182Qs. Following an extensive development and flight test program, the STC was approved by the FAA in 2008. STC details and an extensive FAQ are available at the Trolltune website:

“Most of our customers use the extra payload for fuel, which can more than 260 nautical miles and more than 2 hours of flight time,” said Jennifer Storli Getz, Trolltune vice president. “We also see it used by sky diving companies to add extra jumpers. The sky is the limit for what you can do with the added capability.”


For more information about the Trolltune Fresh Pick gross weight increase STC for Cessna 182P and 182Q models, or any of Air Plains other products or services, call 1-800-752-8481 or +1-620-326-8904, or visit

For online shopping, visit the Air Plains web store at  

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