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  • Cessna 172R 180HP | Air Plains

    Cessna 172R 180 HP 123 ktas Cruise Speed 900 fpm Climb Rate 780 ft. Take-Off Distance 17,000 ft. Service Ceiling 2200 hrs TBO 2550 lbs Gross Weight 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. Fly at 20 In. Hg. and set a comfortable cruise 2570 RPM 138 MPH Develop more power at altitude and cruise along 8.4 GPH Rich of peak operation at 9,500 feet 20 In. Hg. Manifold Pressure Propeller Speed 2570 RPM True Airspeed 138 MPH 8.4 GPH True Airspeed Performance Upgrade your aircraft with our 180 Horsepower engine and experience a whole new level of performance. With better cruise speeds and rate of climb, you'll be amazed at the difference. . CONTACT US Manufacturer McCauley 1A170E Engine Model -L2A Propeller Model /JHA-7660* Diameter 75-76 Pitch Range 60 Blades 2 * JHA is only available on STC SA10406SC ​ Propeller The secret sauce of this conversion is the replacement of the 1C235/LFA7570 propeller with the 1A170E/JHA7660*. The new propeller allows the engine to go from 2400RPM to 2700RPM, therefore making additional horsepower. 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. Models D thru L +200 Lbs Models M thru P +250 Lbs Model R +100 Lbs Need a bigger envelope? Tachometer Re-Mark We provide an option to use a new tachometer or re-mark the existing tachometer to change from 2400 RPM to 2700 RPM. Airspeed Indicator Re-Mark There are some small changes to the airspeed indicator markings. We offer the option to install a new indicator or re-mark the existing one. Fuel Flow Gauge Re-Mark Fuel Flow gauge can be replaced or re-marked to accommodate the change of the green arc. New McCauley Propeller A new propeller is the secret sauce of this upgrade. It will enable the engine to develop 2700RPM, thus producing 180 HP. Six Ply Tires Because of the additional gross weight increase of 100 Lbs, there is a new requirement to use 6.00 X 6.0, 6 Ply tires. Included Paperwork We supply the needed hardware, installation instructions, Instructions for continued airworthiness and STC Authorization Simple 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. 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 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 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

  • Privacy Policy | Air Plains

    Air Plains Services Website Privacy Policy ​ Air Plains Services referred to within this privacy policy is referred to as “APS.” By submitting your information on Air Plains website and forms therein you agree to receive communications from Air Plains Services. Personal information including your name, email, phone number, and aircraft registration details are required to prepare formal quotations for our services. You may have the opportunity to receive certain communications from us related to our services. If you provide us with your email address in order to receive communications, you can opt-out of marketing emails at any time by following the instructions at the bottom of our emails and adjusting your email preferences. Please note that certain emails may be necessary for the operation of our services. You will continue to receive these necessary emails, if lawful and appropriate, even if you unsubscribe from our optional marketing communications. ​ We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us, such as your name, email address, phone number, and any other information that you choose to share with us, but we do not sell, rent, or disclose your personal information to third parties , except as necessary to provide requested services or as required by law. The SMS consent and the phone number will be used exclusively for communication purposes by APS and will not involve any third-party engagements. APS does not sell your personal information. What information does APS collect? We receive, collect, and store any information you enter on our website or provide us in any other way. In addition, we collect the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information and purchase history. We may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page. We also collect personally identifiable information (including name, email, password, communications); payment details (including credit card information), comments, feedback, product reviews, recommendations, and personal profile. How does APS collect information? When you conduct a transaction on our website, as part of the process, we collect personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address. Your personal information will be used for the specific reasons stated above only. When you input your information on our website you are giving us permission to contact you. The email address entered will be added to a monthly newsletter email and also be product related emails. Why does APS collect this information? We collect such Non-personal and Personal Information for the following purposes: 1. To provide and operate the Services; 2. To provide our Users with ongoing customer assistance and technical support; 3. To be able to contact our site visitors with general or personalized service-related notices and promotional messages; 4. To create aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-personal Information to improve our respective services; 5. To comply with any applicable laws and regulations. How does APS store this information? Our company is hosted on the platform. provides us with the online platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through’s data storage, databases and the general applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall. All direct payment gateways offered by and used by our company adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers. How does APS communicate with site visitors? By entering your email, name, phone number or aircraft tail number into the website you agree to receive information from APS and we may contact you about products or services we have to offer. How to withdraw your consent To be removed from communications from APS please unsubscribe. You can do that at the bottom of our monthly newsletters or by contacting APS directly. Privacy Policy Updates We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it. Questions and your contact information If you would like to access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, you are invited to contact us at or send us mail to APS PO Box 541 Wellington, KS 67152 USA

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  • Air Plains expands line of PMA adjustable airbox brackets for the Cessna 172M

    Once again, you ask and we respond. The success of our original PMA Cessna 172 adjustable airbox bracket led us to develop a second PMA adjustable airbox bracket that improves the life of both the bracket and airbox. Over more than 45 years in business, we've replaced or repaired hundreds of airboxes and airbox brackets and the shortcomings of OEM parts became apparent to us. That led us to develop our own PMA boxes and brackets that address those shortcomings, resulting in parts that last much longer while costing much less. The most glaring issue with OEM brackets is the variability in unit height - as much as one-quarter inch from bracket to bracket. This can result in a poor fit of the bracket and airbox to the engine. Combine that with common engine vibration and stress on the metal parts increases. Over time, the components can crack. We solved that with two adjustable locations that compensate for any misalignment of the installed components. With the adjustable bracket, you're assured of a perfect fit that reduces stress on the components, increasing the life of the assembly. This variant of this particular bracket also provides a second adjustable piece where the bracket connects with the existing baffles. We also made the top section of the bracket from Chromoly steel, improving strength where it matters most. Chromoly steel differs from other types of steel in its higher tensile strength so it can withstand greater forces without breaking or deforming. It also has better corrosion resistance, making it ideal for applications exposed to harsh environments or moisture. The new Air Plains bracket (APS0555216-16) replaces part number 0555216-16 and is approved for Cessna 172M Serial Number range: 17261899-17267584 and F172Ms (F17201035-F17201514 - produced under license by Reims Aviation in France). The new bracket is available now for online purchase.  Air Plains introduced its first PMA adjustable airbox bracket in 2022 and is approved for certain Cessna 172L and 172M models as well as for all 172B through 172M models upgraded with the Air Plains 180hp Lycoming O-360 engine upgrade (STC SA4428SW). Air Plains bracket part number APS0552120-2 replaces either 0552120-2 or 0552120-1 and fits all approved models. Speaking of improved PMA/STC airboxes, Air Plains produced its own line of airboxes for Cessna 172s, 180s, 182s and 188s. As with our line of brackets, we made improvements where we found deficiencies in OEM products including structural adhesive reinforcements in areas of high stress, hardened control arms with a thicker cross-section, and oil-impregnated bronze bushings replacing needle bearings that reduce wear and eliminate the possibility of detached needles being ingested into the engine. Our online store also features PMA airbox collars, gaskets and more.  For more information about any of Air Plains' products or services, call 1-800-752-8481 or +1-620-326-8904, or send us an email:

  • Air Plains Open House May 30th - Meet our new Garmin® rep

    We're excited to join the Garmin® family as a new Authorized Dealer, and we're celebrating with an Open House on Thursday, May 30th, at our facility at Wellington (Kansas) Municipal Airport (KEGT), featuring our new Garmin representative to get you up to speed on all the latest in General Aviation avionics. Most of you know we've been adding new products in recent years, complementing our industry-leading range of high-performance engine upgrades and helping us become the one-stop shop for all your aircraft needs. We've been serving General Aviation customers around the world for 47 years, and joining the Garmin family is our latest response to your requests for additional avionics options. As an added incentive to update your cockpit with advanced Garmin products, we're offering a brand-new, custom-made panel to the first five customers at no charge*. All our panels are designed and fabricated in-house, powder-coated, and laser-etched to your specifications. There are only a limited number of spots available, so RSVP early. "With the addition of Garmin products to our lineup, we can round out your airplane upgrade project regardless of requirement or budget," said Katie Church, Air Plains president. "Combining an avionics upgrade with an engine upgrade means you take advantage of lower overall labor costs and reduced downtime." Our Open House kicks off at 10 am and we'll feed you while you're here. Join us for this special event, learn about the latest Garmin products and chat with us about all our engine upgrades, avionics packages, PMA spare parts and more. Ample airplane parking next to our facility is available. See you then. * Call for details For more information, visit us at Call: 800-752-8481 or (outside the U.S.) +1-620-326-8904 Email:

  • We've added wheel and brake kits from Béringer Aero

    Air Plains Services, a world leader in General Aviation engine and avionics upgrades, announced today it has been named a Preferred Installer for Béringer Aero, a top global supplier of wheels and brakes for a variety of aircraft, including the Cessna 180 and 182. “We’re excited to offer Béringer wheel and brake kits, particularly to our Cessna 180 and 182 customers, whether they’re planning an engine upgrade with any of our STCs or just wanting a better landing gear system,” said Katie Church, Air Plains president. “We’re continuing to expand our product line in response to our customers wanting a one-stop shop for the high-quality components they want when planning an upgrade in order to minimize downtime. “The Béringer STCs are approved by both the FAA and EASA, and we’ll install them here or ship almost anywhere in the world along with our complete engine kits and other components a customer might order from us,” Church said. Based in France, Béringer began producing wheels and brakes for automotive applications in 1985 and has been counted on by auto and motorcycle racing teams through the years. In 2002, company founder Gilbert Béringer, also a pilot and aircraft builder, decided to apply his patented high-performance braking solutions to the aeronautical world. The company has an office that includes support services in the U.S. in Greenville, S.C. For more information about Béringer wheel and brake systems or any other Air Plains 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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  • Open House
    May 30, 2024 | 3:00 PM
    439 N West Rd, Wellington, KS 67152, USA
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