Since 1955 Airglas has produced the highest quality fiberglass skis. Using his downhill skiing and aircraft maintenance experience, Wes Landis began building composite wheel replacement skis for his friend’s aircraft in 1955. With performance and durability far superior to the wood and metal skis of the day, word spread and soon Wes had a thriving business. Many of those skis are still in service today!
By 1966 Airglas had TSO approval for five different fixed wing skis with installation STC’s for over 21 aircraft makes and models. Currently Airglas holds TSO approval for 13 different skis and 18 different STC’ for ski installations. Wheel replacement, fixed wheel penetration, and hydraulic wheel skis are FAA approved and in production.
In 1965 Airglas developed its first fuel pod: a 32 gallon all fuel pod that greatly extended the range of the acclaimed Piper PA-18 super cub. In the 1990’s a combination pod with 18 gallons fuel and a cargo space in the back end was developed and STC’d for the Piper PA-18. An all-cargo version was quickly developed. Derivatives of these two pods were soon developed and STC’d for the Piper PA-12/14 and the Aviat A-1 series. Both a combination fuel/cargo and all-cargo pod for the Cessna 172 are under certification. Other models and approvals are in design and development.
In 1965 a nose fork for the Piper Cherokee that allowed an 8.00x6 tire in place of the stock 6.00x6 tire was developed and STC’d. A second fork for Cessna single engine aircraft was soon developed that allowed larger tires from 6.00 x 6 to 8.50 x 6 to be installed. Both of these fork kits greatly improve the aircrafts ability to operate on unimproved landing areas.
A Carbon fiber composite aft baggage compartment for Cessna 180, 182, and 185 aircraft is FAA approved. This compartment adds approximately 32” to the cargo space on these aircraft. Up to 50 lbs. can be carried in the compartment.