Air Plains Services to feature Cessna 182XP 300hp at Sun ‘n Fun exhibit

Air Plains Services to feature Cessna 182XP 300hp at Sun ‘n Fun exhibit

February 22, 2022 By kent

– Air Plains Services, a world leader in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, announced today it would exhibit for the first time at the annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo and showcase N182AP, one the company’s most extensive refurbishment projects that features its 300hp XP engine upgrade.

“We’re excited to be joining the Sun ‘n Fun exhibitor line-up for the first time this year,” said Katie Church, Air Plains president. “The show is the perfect way to jump-start the summer flying season and to meet so many customers – current and new.

“We’re eager to meet face-to-face with aviators to show off our expanded product range which has grown over the past few years to include new engine and propeller STCs, avionics components and PMA parts for a variety of pistons,” Church said.

Sun ‘n Fun, held this year on April 5-10 near Lakeland, FL, (KLAL) has become one of the premier trade shows and fly-ins for general aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Air Plains, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, will have its booth at Exhibit Space N-7, directly across from the West Entrance and across from the aircraft parking area with N182AP.

Managed by Air Plains, the N182AP Cessna 182 upgrade project was a complete tip-to-tail refurbishment that included a 300hp engine upgrade and includes 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. 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.

Today, Air Plains offers eight engine upgrade STCs, five of which are branded Extreme Performance, or XP upgrades: two STCs for the 180hp XP upgrade for the 172; a 300hp XP upgrade for the Cessna 180; a 300hp XP upgrade for the Cessna 182; a 300hp XP upgrade for the Cessna 182RG; a 260hp upgrade for both the Cessna 182S and T models; and a 260hp upgrade for the Cessna 182RG.

Air Plains has also added new avionics products and is an authorized avionics dealer for Dynon, Avidyne, Appareo, L3, Aspen, TruTrak, Guardian, and Genesys Aerosystems. The company also specializes in custom avionics panels giving the cockpit a “like-new” appearance.

Air Plains operates a full-service machine shop and has gained Parts Manufacturing Authority (PMA) for a variety of aircraft parts including airboxesadjustable airbox brackets and airbox gasketsbaffle assemblies, exhaust components, and a variety of miscellaneous parts, many available at the company’s online shop. Air Plains also offers a variety of propeller STCs from top brands including McCauley, Hartzell, Sensenich and MT.

For more information about any of Air Plains products or services, call 1-800-752-8481 or +1-620-326-8904, visit For online shopping, visit the Air Plains web store at