Air Plains Services of Wellington, Kansas, celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2017 as a leading manufacturer of engine performance upgrades for Cessna piston aircraft.
Founder Mike Kelley said he started the company out of a passion to make airplanes fly better, faster, more agile, and cheaper to operate.
AOPA’s Sweepstakes 172 sports an Air Plains Extreme Performance STC for its 180-horsepower Lycoming O-360 engine. The kit was installed at Yingling Aviation in Kansas, and Air Plains technicians installed the engine baffles.
Air Plains is an FAA-certified repair station and a certified Cessna Service Center. Its machine shop can produce more than 1,000 parts manufacture approval part numbers for a variety of aircraft, the company said. Air Plains also performs scheduled maintenance and inspections, custom airframe and interior work, avionics upgrades, and airframe repair.
“We started as a maintenance shop 40 years ago and that remains a core capability for Air Plains,” Kelley said. “The culture we established at the very beginning for high-quality work and a real desire for constant improvement of aircraft and aircraft products is what makes me happiest as I look forward to the next 40 years.”
You can see the Sweepstakes 172 at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, April 4 through 9, and other locations to be announced.