Power Flow Systems Acquires Leading Edge

Power Flow Systems has acquired the assets of Leading Edge Exhaust Systems and will be manufacturing replacement exhaust components in accordance with Leading Edge STCs. Power Flow Systems

Building on 20 years of providing performance exhaust systems for general aviation aircraft, Power Flow Systems has acquired the assets of Leading Edge Exhaust Systems of Anchorage, Alaska. The Daytona Beach-based Power Flow will use the acquisition to expand both its product line and ability to fulfill orders with the equipment and STCs obtained through the purchase.

Flying sat down with Darren Tilman, longtime manager of Power Flow and now its president, for an update at EAA AirVenture last week. Leading Edge Exhaust Systems holds several FAA supplemental type certificates for its Power Monster Cross-Flow system for the Cessna 180, 182, 185, and 205/210, plus the Piper PA-18 Super Cub and PA-12 150/180 hp models. "The purchase was completed on July 8," said Tilman, "and all was shipped to Daytona Beach to arrive this week."

Tilman expressed his excitement that the merging of the two companies would provide not only solutions for owners of these aircraft models seeking better performance, but also the ability to use the Leading Edge tooling to enhance Power Flow’s ability to manufacture tuned exhaust systems under its current STCs. Power Flow has provided systems for various models from Aviat, Beechcraft, Cessna, Diamond, Grumman, Mooney, Piper, Robinson, and the OMF Symphony. There are more than 5,500 Power Flow mods installed on aircraft worldwide.

Tilman anticipates shipment of the first exhaust systems under the combined production scheme by the end of 2019.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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