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.
Fall to Winter 2018
Made it home from AK down the trench and crossing into the US at Dorthy Scott airport, it was a great flight only got stuck once. Now comes the task of working or maybe getting the work. Work is slowly coming in keeping the kids in shoes and a beer in my hand once in a while. In the process of tooling up to rebuild some wings and as always in the hunt for another project 180. Clyde is flying like a he was born on rails and climbs like iron thermal. My hanger is coming together, life is good, besides a great wife and kids what else could a man need when he has a hanger, 180 and all his tools in one place?
2018 summer News
John has taken the opportunity to fly a Beaver for a fishing lodge for the summer out of Katmi National Park. He flew his 180 that he just recently rebuilt up the Trench without a hitch. Working and flying the Beaver was somewhat like putting on an old pair of comfortable shoes that have been sitting in the closet for a long time, it feels like you just took them off. It has not been easy though as he spent the first 10 days working on the Beaver, that's what comes with being a mechanic as well. It is also has given him the opportunity to "Dial In" the plane before the season. Float flying is the best and even better when flying a Beaver unless you own a 180 that is....... He will be back in the hanger at the end of September where a customer is waiting on a ground loop repair on his 180. Check the "News" tab on the website for updates from Alaska.
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