Air Planes Services, a world leader in extreme performance upgrades for a variety of general aviation aircraft models,  co-sponsoring the open house on October 20 celebrating the newly expanded Wellington Municipal Airport (KEGT) runway.
“We’re proud to join with Lochner as sponsors of the celebration of a project that will help boost our airport and our community,” said Mike Kelley, founder and owner of Air Plains Services.
The open house celebrated completion of airport improvements and the expansion of runway 18-36. The expansion brings Wellington Airport’s runway to 5,200 feet, adding capability to accommodate larger aircraft feeding not only the aerospace manufacturing cluster at the airport, but the general aviation activity that supports local Sumner County business.
The open house on Saturday, Oct. 20, ran from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The open house featured activities for kids, food trucks, helicopter rides (including a drawing for five free rides), and live music. Visitors who flew in for the open house could enjoy free lunch and discounted fuel prices.
Air Plains opened at the airport 41 years ago and is an anchor for the sizable aerospace cluster at KEGT that serves aviation companies around the world. Air Plains is known for supplying extreme performance engines as well as parts and service for the global general aviation piston aircraft market.
Lochner is a Chicago-based contractor specializing in transportation-related construction projects and was the project manager for the Wellington Airport expansion. The Federal Aviation Administration, the State of Kansas anAir Plains Servicesd the City of Wellington funded the project.