Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC has finalized an agreement to purchase the assets of Plane-Power, LTD. Plane-Power products include PMA alternator replacements, generator-to-alternator conversion kits for both belt- and gear-driven installations, alternators for Experimental aircraft, and voltage regulators.
"When the opportunity came to acquire the Plane-Power line, we saw it as having tremendous potential, not only to complement Hartzell’s family of alternators, but to gain immediate access into new markets," said Mike Disbrow, president of Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET). “In particular, Plane-Power is strong in the kit-built/Experimental market. They also have several STC’d (Supplemental Type Certificated) generator-to-alternator conversion kits that will open new opportunities to us.”
Disbrow stressed that the purchase of Plane-Power in no way includes any Sky-Tec starter products. While Sky-Tec and Plane-Power were closely associated, they were separate companies and this transaction does not include the Sky-Tec business.
According to Disbrow, HET will continue to produce all of the Plane-Power products under the current brand, and the parts will be produced at the current factory in Granbury, Texas until all of the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) documentation can be put in place to transfer production to Hartzell’s facility in Montgomery, AL.
Hartzell brand products will be aimed at the custom OEM and direct-fit replacement markets. The Plane-Power brand will represent the certified replacement and Experimental markets at a lower price-point than HET parts.