Hartzell Engine Tech Acquires Kelly Aero

Hartzell Engine Tech Acquires Kelly Aero

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 27, 2023 – Hartzell Engine Tech, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has acquired the assets of Kelly Aero LLC, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket aircraft magnetos, replacement parts and ignition harnesses for General Aviation and military applications. Hartzell Engine Tech is headquartered in Montgomery, Ala.

“With this acquisition, Hartzell Engine Tech is excited to add manufacturing capabilities for aircraft ignition products to our existing lines of engineered, firewall forward, engine accessories. We extend our appreciation to Jeffrey Kelly, his family and Neil Clark for creating and stewarding a great product line that will integrate nicely with Hartzell Aviation’s Built on Honor philosophy.”

Hartzell Engine Tech President Keith Bagley

Rebranding as PowerUp Ignition Systems to Begin Soon

Beginning in early 2024 and after a thorough technical evaluation and receipt of PMA approval, Hartzell Engine Tech will rebrand the newly acquired products as PowerUp Ignition Systems. PowerUp Ignition Systems will be the largest operation in Hartzell Engine Tech’s product portfolio, joining Janitrol Aero, Fuelcraft, Plane-Power, Sky-Tec, and AeroForce Turbocharger Systems.

Hartzell Engine Tech is incorporating new PowerUp Ignition Systems production within its main Montgomery manufacturing facility. Hartzell Engine Tech total employment will increase by about 40 employees as a result of the acquisition.

Kelly Aero’s former Montgomery facility will be used to expand the capacity of Hartzell Engine Tech’s existing machine shop. The customer direct magneto service work will be accomplished at Quality Aircraft Accessories, Hartzell Engine Tech’s sister company in Tulsa, Okla. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

About Hartzell Engine Tech

Hartzell Engine Tech offers a product portfolio consisting of PowerUp Ignition Systems, Janitrol Aero, Fuelcraft, Plane-Power, Sky-Tec, and AeroForce Turbocharger Systems. Together, these brands provide engine accessories and heating solutions for General Aviation and the military. Hartzell Engine Tech President Keith Bagley leads the organization from headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. For more info go to https://hartzell.aero/.

About Hartzell Aviation

Hartzell Aviation is an outstanding group of firewall forward companies and products. The storied brands include Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Aerospace Welding and Hartzell Engine Tech. Hartzell Aviation’s website can be found at https://hartzellaviation.com/.

About Arcline Investment Management

Arcline Investment Management is a growth-oriented private equity firm with $8.9 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Arcline seeks to invest in technology driven, meaningful to the world industrial businesses that enable a better future. For more information visit https://arcline.com/.

Retro Aircraft Air Conditioning

Retro Aircraft Air Conditioning

Getting to take out your aircraft on a  warm summer’s day can be a highlight of a good weekend or the best kind of start to your week. Taxiing out onto the tarmac to get ready to fly has to be one of the best feelings of anticipation there is. But sitting there sweltering in the heat coming off the hot asphalt can really put a damper on the excitement, and leave you just wishing you could be back inside rather than getting to enjoy the hard work you’ve put into making this plane ready for flight. 

Luckily, Kelly Aerospace has the ability to help you get air conditioning into almost any older remodeled plane you bring to us. We are able to kit our FAA certified air conditioning systems to fit in most Piper, Cessna, Beechcraft 

Our thermal cooling systems are lightweight, with most models coming in at under 60 pounds when fully installed. They work using a hermetically-sealed, brushless DC compressor. In most older aircraft, the system is installed in the back behind the usable space and is therefore convenient and out of the way leaving full use of the baggage area. Check out this video of the system being installed in this beautifully restored Beechcraft Baron. Each aircraft that comes to us is specially measured and fitted by our engineering team, and they modify our kit as needed to fit into your aircraft. We build our own components such as hoses, evaporators, and connectors in house, and thus are easily able to adjust as needed. 

Our cooling systems offer pre-cooling on the ground, meaning that from the moment you step into your plane to the moment you take off the ground you can be enjoying sitting in the cockpit and getting ready for your flight. We generally recommend starting up your cooling system before you plan to hop in your plane, as with most aircraft it takes approximately 5 minutes to experience a 20-degree temperature change, especially if your plane has been sitting on a hot runway or it is an especially hot day out. 

Our cooling systems all feature an easy-to-read digital temperature and fan control, with the amperage required to run the system ranging from 40-60 amps. Our systems are able to be used pre- during- and post-flight with no restrictions on the engine or impact on cruising speeds. 

Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems Announces Company Name Change.

Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems Announces Company Name Change.

Montgomery, Alabama. March 1, 2021 – Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems LLC, an industry
leader in general aviation ignition systems, has announced today that the company will begin
operating under a new name and will be known as Kelly Aero LLC, effective immediately. This
rebranding strategy consolidates our company name while encompassing our 37-year history in
general aviation. The company’s ownership, location, and staff have not changed.
Company President, Jeffrey Kelly stated “This rebrand of our company gives us a modern
streamlined brand while paying homage to our strong family commitment to aviation. Our core
values and commitment to deliver premium quality and value to our customers will continue to
hallmark to our success.”

Photo of Bendix CMI Aircraft Magneto FAA-PMA Replacement Parts 2

For more information about the name change or to learn more about Kelly Aero LLC please
visit: www.KellyAero.com.

About Kelly Aero LLC
Kelly Aero LLC is an industry leader with over 37 years of manufacturing and overhauling
products for general aviation. Kelly Aero’s facility, located in Montgomery, Alabama, is not only
an FAA-approved repair station that overhauls general aviation magnetos, but it is also an FAA
MIDO approved Production Approval Holder, with an FAA & OEM approved quality system.

Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems Announces Company Name Change.

Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems announces name change to Kelly Aero, LLC.

Montgomery, Alabama. March 1, 2021 – Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems LLC, an industry leader in general aviation ignition systems, has announced today that the company will begin operating under a new name and will be known as Kelly Aero LLC, effective immediately. This rebranding strategy consolidates our company name while encompassing our 37 year history in general aviation. The company’s ownership, location and staff have not changed.

Company President, Jeffrey Kelly stated “This rebrand of our company gives us a modern streamlined brand while paying homage to our strong family commitment to aviation. Our core values and commitment to deliver premium quality and value to our customers will continue to be hallmarks to our success.”

For more information about the name change or to learn more about Kelly Aero LLC please visit: www.KellyAero.com.

About Kelly Aero LLC

Kelly Aero LLC is an industry leader with over 37 years of manufacturing and overhauling products for general aviation. Kelly Aero’s facility, located in Montgomery, Alabama, is not only an FAA-approved repair station that overhauls general aviation magnetos, but it is also an FAA MIDO-approved Production Approval Holder, with an FAA & OEM approved quality system.

Piper Air Conditioning

Piper Air Conditioning

Believe it or not, the majority of the flight schools and colleges offering aviation-related degrees are in the Southern United States.
If there is a weather-related term that is synonymous with the south it is HEAT.

This particular install is a brand new Piper PA44, when completed it will head to CAE in Phoenix, Arizona.
The PA-44 is one of the most prolific and widely used twin-engine trainers on the market today.

The Piper Seminole has amazing dependability and value.
Generation of pilots have trained on this platform and along with other Piper models.
To see our full Piper STC list visit www.kellythermal.com or contact KATS at 440.951.4744.

Features:​

  • Ground pre-cooling with GPU
  • 20° plus temp drop in 5 minutes
  • No take-off, landing, or in-flight restrictions
  • No impact on cruising speeds
  • Easy-read digital temp/fan control – set it and forget it
  • Full use of the baggage area
  • Very efficient cooling – only 45 amps
  • Lightweight – Under 50lbs.
  • Reliable and efficient hermetically-sealed, brushless DC compressor – R134A
  • One week or less installation time

At KATS, we are quickly realizing that aside from our core customers installing our systems in their own aircraft, the flight schools are requiring our kits and seeing great results.

To receive a free quote or schedule and time to see one of our systems in person, call Walter Dodge at 334-224-0313 or wdodge@kellyaerospace.com.
Walter is our personal Renaissance man and is the VP of Operations for our Thermal Division.



Retro Aircraft Air Conditioning

Cessna Air Conditioning

Congratulations, you just purchased or have owned for some time, one of the most successful designs in aviation history.
The problem is in the heat of the summer it’s sweltering waiting as you find yourself #3 for departure and it’s 102 degrees on the tarmac.
For most pilots, air conditioning is a creature comfort, with the vast majority of the GA fleet not having this as an option, Kelly Aerospace decided to change that.

Now STC’d for Cessna 172, 182T, T182T, 182S, and 206. Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems provide​ an all-electric solution to the summer heat that we all hate.

This system has zero effect on engine performance and keeps you cool and refreshed as you fly about for enjoyment or travel for work.
Our system was designed to be fully electric and not affect the performance of your aircraft whatsoever.

To receive a free quote or schedule and time to see one of our systems in person, call Walter Dodge at 334-224-0313.

Walter is our personal Renaissance man and is the VP of Operations for our Thermal Division.

Ways Pilots can keep flying during an economic downturn.

Ways Pilots can keep flying during an economic downturn.

Whether you have been a victim of a round of layoffs or a private pilot trying to find creative ways to keep flying on a budget, we all are experiencing some unprecedented times right now.
Here are some simple ways to stay in the aviation industry and keep flying during this time of economic uncertainty.

Put that extra rating to good use!

Whether you hold a CFI rating, IA, or A&P certificate, you might find that now is the time to get to work.
As challenging as it is to be a CFI, now might be the time to start picking up a few lessons at your local flight school.
With the airlines pushing for more pilots in the next 3-5 years, you can make a few extra bucks and build hours teaching during this time.
Know someone wanting to do an upgrade or an installation?
Now might be the time to take on a few side projects if you are qualified to do so.

As you are well aware, an individual with a PPL may NOT transport personnel or cargo, “for hire”.  However, splitting the cost of fuel is permitted between the PIC and passengers, so now might be a great time to pull the trigger on that fishing trip.

Do you have a Commercial Rating? Get creative!


Have you checked into property surveys or aerial photography?
Think of individuals or cargo that you could possibly transport or ways to fill logistical needs in your area.

Right now there also seems to be a huge shortage of IA’s and A&P’s.
Even if you don’t hold one of those certifications right now, investing in this would be a great option during this time of uncertainty as there is always a demand for these services.

KEEP FLYING IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO DO SO! 


Encouraging those who can afford to keep flying…It helps the FBOs, mechanics, and the entire industry.
Now is a great time to get your aircraft in for annuals, maintenance, and repairs.

Quality Upgrades at Kelly Aero

Quality Upgrades at Kelly Aero

One of the great additions to our processes in 2020 is a high power AmScope Microscope to our final inspection process.
This allows every our inspection team to get take a high power look at our finished units before they leave our facility.

Our new 80 power microscope allows us to inspect our block components for carbon tracking, carbon particles can collect in small cracks and develop into problems down the road.

“The Kelly Aerospace Quality Team is committed to adding new technologies to our final inspection process,” says Neil Clark (VP Sales & Marketing) “This addition allows us to go one step further in catching minor imperfections before they leave our facility.”

Doubling down our commitment to quality, this addition allows for a 99.9% rating on all blocks that leaving our facility free of imperfections.
Our engineering and development team has made major strides over the last few years to ensure that our processes at Kelly Aerospace continue to improve.

BeechCraft Baron Air Conditioning Components

BeechCraft Baron Air Conditioning Components

For most aircraft owners in General Aviation, your beloved aircraft is not equipped with an Air Conditioning System.
Most often, the problem of adding extra weight exceeds the desire for creature comfort.
The Kelly Aerospace Thermal System solves the weight issue at an affordable price with their complete electric system.

Kelly Thermal System’s THERMACOOL All-Electric Air Conditioning technology is pending FAA Certification for the Baron 55 series aircraft. There is no need to wait for the STC as field approvals are available today. field approval is now available. The highly reliable and efficient 28 volt brushless DC motor /compressor which runs on either a ground power supply or the aircraft electrical system provides a 20°  F.+  drop in cabin temperature within 5 minutes.

Features:

  • Ground pre-cooling with GPU
  • 20° plus temp drop in 5 minutes
  • No take-off, landing, or in-flight restrictions
  • No impact on cruising speeds
  • Easy-read digital temp/fan control – set it and forget it
  • Full use of the baggage area
  • Very efficient cooling – only 45 amps

Cool Air Where You Need It

COOL AIR is ducted through a center duct to deliver the air where it is most appreciated. Adjustable vents are installed for each passenger to Fine Tune the flow!

Baron_55_Headliner.jpg

Inlet and outlet air are ducted inboard and overboard by a vent on each side of the aft fuselage, precluding exhaust ingestion. 

Pilot Friendly

Digital Temperature controller is easy to use.  Set the desired temperature and forget it. Freeze protection is built in!  The controller has an LED screen, a three-speed fan, and fits nicely into your panel.

Mooney Aircraft Air Conditioning System Now Available

Mooney Aircraft Air Conditioning System Now Available

An Amazing Aircraft Just got COOL!!!

Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems has received STC certification for its All-Electric Air Conditioning System for the Mooney R, S, TN, U, and V models.  The Electric System offers freedom from flight restrictions and introduces Ground Cooling to the General Aviation Market. You can now call ahead and have your aircraft “Pre-Cooled” without unlocking the cabin.

This 65-pound system is completely installed in the aft section of the fuselage and has a factory look.  The cool air is introduced to the cabin from the overhead for more complete cooling.  The system has no scoops, therefore, no airspeed penalties so this incredibly fast airplane is still just as fast.

A digital controller allows for carefree operation of the system while managing your flight.  The system is only available for 28-volt aircraft for now.

The receipt of the STC was formally announced at the Mooney Summit in Panama City Beach in September 2019.


Features:

  • Ground cooling with GPU.
  • Piezo switch included for effortless ground startup
    Minimum of 20° temperature drop in five minutes.
  • No take-off or in-flight restrictions.
  • Maximum of 50 amps at peak load, 45 amps at continuous normal operation.
  • The entire system weighs estimated at 65.6 pounds installed.
  • System can be operated on the ground, during taxi, takeoff, cruising, and landing.
  • Cabin-side components occupy only ½ of hat rack compartment leaving remaining space for storage.
  • AC system integrated into existing headliner distribution ports.
  • Simple operation via digital display mounted in the control panel.
  • The system runs using an 11,500 BTU hermetically sealed, 28-volt brushless DC Compressor Motor.

Enjoy some of the recent pictures of our first installation in a Mooney Ovation.