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  • Cessna 172 180HP | Air Plains

    Cessna 172 180 HP 150 mph Cruise Speed 900 fpm Climb Rate 780 ft. Take-Off Distance 17,000 ft. Service Ceiling 2200 hrs TBO 2550 lbs Gross Weight 9% Cruise Speed 20% Climb Rate -17% Take-Off Roll 31% Service Ceiling 11% TBO 11% Gross Weight Performance Increase Powerplant O-360-A4M Horsepower 180 HP Max. RPM 2700 RPM Compress. Ratio 8.5:1 Fuel Consumption 8.5-10.3 GPH Approved Fuel 91AKI / 100L Powerplant It is simple. We believe that 180HP and a fixed pitch propeller provides the best combination of power and reduced complexity for a Cessna 172. The proven and reliable factory new Lycoming O-360-A4M engine comes complete from Air Plains with roller tappets, Slick Magneto, EIS (Electronic Ignition System), wiring harness, spark plugs, carburetor and ring gear. The engine is paired with a light weight Sky-Tec starter and Plane-Power alternator. Complete Kit We provide an all-encompassing kit during the upgrade. We like to call it a NEW firewall forward upgrade. Our goal is to provide all the hardware needed to complete the installation with ease. Models B thru P (Standard Items) New Lycoming O-360 Engine New Sensenich propeller All new Baffles with baffle seal attached Engine isolator mounts(four) with mounting bolts FWD and AFT Spinner Bulkheads Cowl oil door relocation kit Alternator belt New Induction Airbox Carburetor adapter plate Gaskets and mounting hardware Scat hoses Fuel & oil lines Induction air filter element Oil cooler mounts, Flanges/plates Throttle mixture support bracket Installation Hardware and Clamp Kit STC Authorization, Drawings, and Installation Instructions Models B thru H (Additional Items) Engine Mount New Exhaust Oil Cooler Throttle Cable Vacuum Hoses Model R (Standard Items) New Propeller Airspeed remark Fuel Flow remark Installation Hardware STC Authorization Drawings and Instructions Manufacturer McCauley 1A170 Sensenich 76EM8S Propeller Model /JFA-76XX /CFA-76XX 14-0-XX Engine Model -A4A,-A4M,-A4N,-A2F, -A3A -A4A,-A4M, -A4N Blades 2 2 Diameter 76 - 74.5 76 Pitch Range 56-60 56-62 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. The available fixed pitch propeller enables a light weight and low maintenance benefit. Gross Weight Expand your envelope. One of the best benefits of our upgrade is the ability to carry additional weight on your flights. It adds flexibility on your range planning and an additional safety margin. This is why we developed STC SA2196CE. Your Cessna 172 will be a true 4 seat airplane with 1000 LBS useful load . Models D thru L +200 Lbs Models M thru P +250 Lbs Model R +100 Lbs Need a bigger envelope? Installation 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 40 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? ​​​ SUPPORT 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 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. Accessories Electronic Ignition Engine Monitor Aircraft Interior Engine Pre-Heater Avionics Upgrades Auxiliary Tanks 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. 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. BUY PARTS $314 $940 OEM Vs. Air Plains $1,295 $11,935 $976 $324 $372 $264 Fly at 20 In. Hg. and set a comfortable cruise 2540 RPM 134 MPH Develop more power at altitude 9.4 GPH Rich of peak operation at 10,500 feet 21 In. Hg. Manifold Pressure Propeller Speed 2540 RPM True Airspeed 134 MPH 9.4 GPH True Airspeed Just Go Fast Power. Speed. Endurance. Agility. Range. All of these terms add up to a more enjoyable experience for you as a pilot. You fly because you love it... we know because we fly, too. CONTACT US Fly above the terrain and get there faster Carry an additional 250 lbs. of payload and pack all your gear Climb to new heights and find the tailwind ORDER NOW Be Unique Congratulations! You own the most popular aircraft ever built. We believe that we have created the ultimate upgrade kit that gives your Cessna 172 more versatility and makes it a true 4 seater . Flying in high density altitude days and adding the capability to carry additional payload are just a few benefits that enhances your flying and adds additional safety . Give your legacy airframe the upgrade it needs to set you apart. You will enjoy a new experience.

  • Air Plains Services | Engine Upgrade

    extreme performance kits Contact Us Have a sales or service question? We'd love to hear from you. Give us a call or fill out the webform and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Hablamos español y portugués. (Unsolicited or SEO services spam submissions will not be replied to) Call Us 620-326-8904 1-800-752-8481 Address 439 N. West Rd Wellington, KS 67152 Email First Name Last Name Email Phone Message Submit Thanks for submitting! Engine Upgrades Maintenance Custom Avionics Aircraft Parts Custom Fabrication Other Upgrades Our Services Air Plains Services continues to be the leading expert in Cessna aircraft. We specialize on engine upgrades, FAA-PMA parts fabrication and continual airworthiness of your aircraft. Our skilled technicians can upgrade your avionics and perform maintenance at affordable prices. With our commitment to apply new technologies and know-how, we continue to offer performance and improvements to more aircraft owners. Cessna 172 180HP Models B thru R Cessna 180 300HP Models thru K Cessna 182 300HP Models H thru R Cessna 182RG 300HP All Models Cessna 182 260HP Models S and T Cessna 182RG 260HP All Models Propeller Upgrades All Models STC Upgrades Our goal is to make your aircraft unique with our STC upgrades. We have designed our products to deliver the performance needed to add more pleasure to your flying. We are committed to provide guidance along the way with excellent customer service and support with FAA-PMA parts to maintain the continual airworthiness of your aircraft. Year Established Approved STCs Engine Upgrades PMA Parts 665 3,018 31 1977 MANUALS DOCUMENTS SUPPORT INSTALLATION MAGAZINE ARTICLES FAQs QUESTIONS Customer Support Our most current documents are available for download below. Check back often to make sure you have the latest revision of the files. Under installation support you will find additional help and tips as it relates to our engine upgrades and aircraft maintenance in general. Besides customer satisfaction, one of our main goals is to provide continual airworthiness to your aircraft. We are never done adding more features to the upgrade kits. This is why we fabricate our FAA-PMA parts in-house. We are able to reduce cost significantly and provide a product that meets our kit quality standards. We are here to provide future support in your maintenance. SHOP NOW About Us Mike Kelley started doing aircraft maintenance in 1977 in a hangar on Wellington’s municipal airport, hanging out his shingle as Air Plains Services , a nod to both the Great Plains of southcentral Kansas and the region’s reputation for aviation. Just a few miles north is Wichita, home to aviation legends Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman and known today as the Air Capital of the World. It wasn’t long, though, before Kelley and his wife, Carolyn, turned a passion for flying and for innovation into an industry leader as an airplane transformer, turning legacy Cessna pistons into power singles with STCs for Extreme Performance engine upgrades. Forty-five years later, the company still ranks as the leader in engine upgrade STCs and has added a wide range of avionics upgrades, propeller STCs, PMA parts, specialty manufacturing, interiors, and, of course, full aircraft maintenance. “The performance of my C-180 after the Engine Upgrade has far exceeded my expectations! The interior and avionics installation are works of art, as well. However, it was the people at Air Plains that made a major undertaking a pleasurable experience.” ​ Kyle, AZ C-180 300HP “I really wanted more power and the Air Plains upgrade has it. We’re getting a big increase in speed and 1000fpm climb rate, and we’re really pleased with the gas consumption. Air Plains is just so easy to deal with and I love great value in service!” ​ Jeff, OK C-172 180HP “ Airplains took my inquiry from Europe very serious and they have delivered an outstanding job and service. The 300HP engine has taken me safely three times over the North Atlantic. I can well use that power here on small strips and in the mountains in Switzerland” ​ Alfred, CH C-182 300HP

  • MANUFACTURING | Air Plains

    We manufacture over 12,000 parts per year Manufacturing PQ3524CE Parts Manufacturing Authorization License Agreement If you are a design approval holder and need to produce parts under a PMA quality system we can help you succeed. Quality Control Air Plains operates under a FAA-PMA Quality Control System. We produce parts to support our Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for legacy Cessna aircraft. We also produce rolled, brake or hydro formed sheet metal and machined parts for OEM aircraft production and their sub-contractors in high, medium and low volume lots. Custom Fabrication Besides producing parts under our FAA-PMA Quality Control System, we are able to help with Owner/Operator produced parts under FAR 21.303(b)2 and to meet requirements for the numerous items not found via the OEM. Capabilities 3 Axis (120x30 Inches) 4 Axis (40x16 Inches) Lathe (10x16 Inches) Hydroforming Assemblies-Small, Complex Metallic Stamping Brake Forming Roll Forming Welding MIG, TIG Laser Engraver Flat Pattern

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  • Airbox Arm, FAA PMA Approved

    Air Plains Services is pleased to announce the FAA PMA Approval for replacement airbox arm. This new arm is one piece billet machined and comes complete with the hardware shown in the photo. This is a replacement for part number: 0750111-19 Model Eligibility: 172Q, 175, 175A, 177, 177A, 177B, 180 S/N: 30000-53203 182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 182E, 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N, 182P, 182Q, 182R, F182P, F182Q, A182 S/N: 0001-0136, 185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E S/N: 658-1149, A185E S/N: 1150-1300, 188, 188A, 188B Assembly Includes: APS0750111-19, Arm APS0750111-19-1, Clamp MS16562-16, Pin AN960-10L, Washers, two MS21083N3, Nut ICA available for download below For more information, visit us at Call: 800-752-8481 or (outside the U.S.) +1-620-326-8904 Email:

  • The Making of N182AP

    The three-part story of Mike McRobert's tip-to-tail refurb of his legacy Cessna 182, starting with an Air Plains 300hp engine upgrade. Reposted with permission from Cessna Flyer.

  • Engine Break-In, After your Engine Installation

    We are often asked what is the recommended engine break-in procedure following the installation of a new engine. Whether it is a Lycoming O-360 or Continental IO-550 the first 25-50 hours are very important. During break-in procedure maintain 65% to 70% power. It is important to keep your engine developing power during the first three hours of operation. Adjust CHT temperatures with a richer mixture and cowl flaps, if available. Keep CHT temperatures between 300F and 380F when possible. Avoid long periods at idle and adjust descent profiles to maintain higher power settings when possible. Follow information and detailed instructions highlighted in the referenced document available for download here. Run at high cruise power levels for best piston ring-cylinder wall mating. The use of low power settings does not expand the piston rings enough and will leave a film of oil on the cylinder walls. Continue break-in operations for 50 hours or until oil consumption stabilizes. For additional technical support please contact Air Plains via email at

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