Hartzell Acquires Kelly Aero

The acquisition will add aircraft ignition product manufacturing to the company’s capabilities.

Kelly Aero Products

Kelly Aero produces aftermarket aircraft magnetos, replacement parts, and ignition harnesses for general aviation and military aircraft. [Courtesy: Hartzell Aviation]

Hartzell Engine Tech has acquired Kelly Aero LLC, the makers of aftermarket aircraft magnetos, replacement parts, and ignition harnesses for general aviation and military aircraft.

Hartzell Engine Tech president Keith Bagley notes the acquisition will "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."

What Happens Next

According to Hartzell, a technical evaluation will begin in 2024 and with the receipt of PMA approval, Hartzell Engine Tech will "rebrand the newly acquired products as PowerUp Ignition Systems, adding to the product portfolio that already contains such heavy hitters as Janitrol Aero, Fuelcraft, Plane-Power, Sky-Tec, and AeroForce Turbocharger Systems.”

The main manufacturing facility will be at Hartzell's present location in Montgomery, Alabama, and will include the acquisition of about 40 employees.

Company officials said Kelly Aero’s former Montgomery facility will be used to expand the capacity of Hartzell Engine Tech's machine shop. In addition, the customer-direct magneto service work will be accomplished at Quality Aircraft Accessories, Hartzell’s sister company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

About Hartzell

Hartzell Aviation traces its roots back to the early days of aviation, with the establishment of Hartzell Propeller in Piqua, Ohio, in 1917. Over the decades its product line has increased to include firewall forward engine technology as well as piston engine preheat and de-icing, cabin heating, aircraft batteries, and avionics.

Today, the Hartzell family includes Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Aerospace Welding, and Hartzell Engine Tech. More information on Hartzell can be found here.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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