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.

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.