We specialize in Cessna 180/185 repairs, maintenance, and STC modifications.
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Tanalian replaceable leading edge for Cessna 180 Cessna 185.
This is the installation of a P Ponk O 470-50 in my 1953 Cessna 180.
Bentley Air is a full service aircraft repair and maintenance shop located in Bend Oregon. We specialize in performing major aircraft sheetmetal repairs, aircraft rebuilding, restoration, annuals to classic aircraft and STC modifications to the Cessna 180/185 aircraft. Bentley Air also has extensive rebuild experience with wood and fabric to a variety of vintage aircraft. Also a sailplane pilot and working with the local sailplane community John has a full understanding of performing composite repairs offering a wide range of maintenance and rebuild services for small aircraft and sailplanes.
John Bentley has over 35 years experience working on aircraft from wood and fabric to turboprop designs. It all started in 1978 with a sailplane ride in a Blanik flown out of Sisters Oregon. In the first years of college, he completed his pilot ratings through CFII and the went on to Portland Community College to gain an Associate Science degree in Aviation Maintenance and his A+P. Moving to Seattle he started out with Kenmore Air Harbor then on to Lake Union Air where as well a being a lead mechanic he started flying the DeHavilland Beaver. After working in Seattle for North West Seaplanes life went north to Alaska to fly in SW and SE Alaska flying Beavers and 180/185. Moving to his current home of Bend Oregon he has worked steadily as a mechanic and pilot for Lancair, Columbia Aircraft, Windward Performance, Epic Aircraft and Airlink of Oregon. Bentley Air is a member of the Cessna International 180/185, Experimental Aviation Association, AOPA, Seaplane Pilots Association, Soaring Society of America. John owns and maintains a 1953 Cessna 180 and has modified it extensively with many STC upgrades.
Picked up my new to me 1955 Cessna 180 from Mississippi, flew home with my dad as copilot, like a dog in a car his head was out the window the whole time. I bought this as a project to sell down the road but the focus will be to fly the 180 this summer and do the major work this winter.
2019 summer News
Bentley Air is looking foreword to many adventures this summer with the family and my 180 with plans to visit the Idaho back country to maybe a little 135 flying out of Seattle. You never know where one might end up when the prop is turning. I have a goal to get my CFIG this summer and do some more sailplane flying, this to me is one of the most enjoyable flying for the pure sense of flying and using the environment to travel. There is no place like cloud base.
Waiting for the pick up
Enjoying the day
On my way to Alaska
Fort Graham in the Trench on my way to Lake Hood
Picking up Clyde July 2016
De Havilland Beaver "Shoo Shoo My Baby"
New Panel my 180