Tim Roehl – TKS Testimonial

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Tim Roehl is President of Tornado Alley Turbo, Inc. in Ada, Oklahoma. He lives in the Midwest and flies all over the United States. Two of his aircraft—a 1984 Beechcraft B36 TC Bonanza and a 2007 Cirrus SR22—are equipped with TKS Ice Protection Systems. Both are No-Hazard systems.

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How did you get started in aviation? 

I started in aviation by working for a family-owned aerospace manufacturing company.

Why did you choose TKS?

My company had the requirement to travel to Duluth, Minnesota on a regular basis, as we were building turbonormalizing kits for Cirrus Aircraft. In the winter time, that resulted in flying in inclement weather and Hard IFR which sometimes involved icing.

What has TKS done for your mission?

TKS absolutely improves the utility of the airplane and the opportunity to go when needed. The system is not a FIKI-approved system; nonetheless, it has been very effective when encountering icing conditions. For the most part, it meets all of our needs for de-icing the airplane and feeling safe in doing so.

Do you have any memorable experiences with TKS?

Soon after we installed the TKS system on our Bonanza, we had the opportunity of flying at around 17,000 feet where there was a clear area adjacent to an IFR area. There was icing in the clouds of the IFR area. We were able to go in and out of the icing conditions and test the effectiveness of the TKS system. I would add that the icing conditions were significant. We found that the TKS system worked exceptionally well in dealing with the airframe icing.

Learn more about TKS for the Beechcraft Bonanza.

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Jesse H. – Beechcraft A36 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Jesse H. lives and primarily flies within the Midwest. He is the previous owner of a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with a TKS Ice Protection System.

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How did you get started in aviation?

Since the 1970s we have used an aircraft to check on construction sites spread throughout the Midwest. Our aircraft have always been owner flown. I started flying in 2005 when my grandpa retired. He was going to sell the plane, so I got my license and have been flying multiple times per week since then.

Why did you choose TKS?

We have slowly stepped up to more capable aircraft. At the time we were flying an A36 Bonanza and wanted to make it more capable for the 4-6 months out of the year when that ice could delay a trip. I had a friend with TKS on a Cessna 210 and was amazed how well the system works. Ultimately, the performance I saw with it on his 210 sold me.

What did TKS do for your mission?

TKS provided us with more options and flexibility when weather was poor.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

I can’t say I ever got in a situation that I couldn’t get out of without TKS or any other ice protection.

While I only had the Bonanza for one winter, TKS was well worth the cost. It kept the plane more ice free than the Baron and King Air I currently fly. One of the advantages to the TKS system over boots is the runback from the fluid.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Beechcraft Bonanza

Keith M. – Cessna T210L TKS Testimonial

Keith M. lives and primarily flies within the Midwest. Keith’s Cessna T210L is equipped with a TKS Ice Protection System that he has flown for over 5 years.

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Keith M - Cessna T210L PropellerHow did you get started in aviation?

I was tired of fighting traffic to and from a vacation home.

Why did you choose TKS?

I sold a 1978 Piper PA-32R and searched for a T210 with the intent to add TKS due to superior anti-icing protection.

What has TKS done for your mission?

It has made my T210 a year-round traveling machine (within reason).

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

No bad ones anyhow. The images are after 1 hour in IMC through a fairly intense snowstorm.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Cessna 210

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Dennis H. – Cirrus SR22 FIKI TKS Testimonial

Dennis H. lives in Florida and primarily flies along the entire East Coast. He sometimes also flies to the West Coast. Dennis’s Cirrus SR22 is equipped with a Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI)-certified TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2014.

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How did you get started in aviation?

I was trained by the United States Navy.

Why did you choose TKS?

Because you just never know.

What has TKS done for your mission?

It’s given me more confidence.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

The most memorable TKS experience I have had was flying Miami to Puerto Rico. Who would have thought I’d pick up ice on that run?

TKS Ice Protection Systems certified for Flight Into Known Icing conditions are a factory-installed option on all new Cirrus SR22 models. Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Cirrus Aircraft.

Donovan L. – Beechcraft A36 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Donovan L. lives in Wisconsin and primarily flies within the Great Lakes region. His 1984 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza is equipped with a No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2016.

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How did you get started in aviation?

At age 24 I got my pilot’s license. After 10 hours in the air, I knew it was for me and bought a plane. That decision helped me get to my customers and has built the business to what it is today.

Why did you choose TKS?

I researched the daylights out of it. Talked to a bunch of people, experienced pilots. Read a lot of articles. Beechtalk was also a great resource. TKS is a more expensive solution, but not by much. I would rather spend more and be confident in the system. With boots, you’re catching ice along the way. I don’t want ice, period. Based on my research, there’s absolutely no need for boots. It became a no-brainer that TKS was the only way to go.

What has TKS done for your mission?

The whole reason why I fly IFR is so that I can make the judgement call that my personal minimums will allow to take off and come home. My partner and I share expenses on this Bonanza. If you are in the Great Lakes and have a partnership in a plane without ice protection, no one’s going to fly that plane from October through December and February through May. Since we put TKS on it, we can virtually fly the plane year-round.

I would rather wait and deal with unfortunate supply occurrences than fly in IFR without TKS. I wouldn’t even get in a plane without TKS in the middle of July. Ryan, a friend and experienced pilot who has flown many Life Flights, caught ice in the middle of July over Lake Michigan at 12,000 feet. He got out of it with TKS. Ice can happen anytime, especially over the Great Lakes.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

No, and I don’t want any. What I care about most is the tail. When you’re in the middle of ice and the windows are completely fogged, you can’t see the tail. You don’t know what ice accumulation you’ve got, but you know you need to get out. TKS provides that peace of mind. The titanium looks sexy too. Of course, form follows function.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for the Beechcraft Bonanza

Jim B. – Piper PA-32 TKS Testimonial

Jim B. lives in the Great Lakes region. His 1997 Piper PA-32 R 301T is equipped with a No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection System. Jim has flown with TKS for 5 years.

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How did you get started in aviation? 

In 1984, I started locally. It’s something I always wanted to do.

Why did you choose TKS?

Boots were not a good option on a Saratoga. Another pilot friend of mine had a previous Mooney with TKS and was very positive about it. Everything I read about the system sounded good.

What has TKS done for your mission?

TKS has simply made flying in the winter much more doable. Icing is common in the winter here around the Great Lakes. Frequently there is a low cloud deck — 3,000 to 4,000 feet thick — and clear on top. Although it might be possible to climb through without deicing, I was never comfortable and avoided this. Of greater concern was returning home, getting close to the lake and ending above a thick layer, then having to fly an approach. That made me very nervous. I avoid known ice and low approaches. But if the weather changes and I must drop through a layer, or fly an approach in the clouds, I am quite certain the plane will not accumulate a load of ice. Previously, I flew a Piper Seneca with FIKI-certified boots. The wings with TKS are much clearer of ice than with boots.

The system must be turned on before getting into the clouds. When I do that, it works great. For safety, I fly with the TKS fluid tank full but have never used even half a tank of fluid.

Pro Tip:
When priming the system in the fall, a lot of fluid comes out on the ground from the prop. I catch the fluid in a bucket and put it into a sprayer, and spray the wings down if there is any frost on the ground.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

I have had no scary experiences, only peace of mind. The plane has more utility in the winter.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for the Piper PA-32

Mitch S. – Cirrus SR22 TKS Testimonial

Mitch S. lives in Iowa. Where he flies covers everything east of the Rockies—from Colorado to the East Coast and Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. His 2004 Cirrus SR22 is equipped with a No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection System.

The Cirrus SR22 system is only available as a factory-installed option.

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How did you get started in aviation? 

Flying had been a lifelong dream of mine. I finally managed to go after it in 2014, and haven’t looked back?

Why did you choose TKS?

I wanted options for flying in Midwest weather conditions. No-Hazard was a minimum requirement for me. I would love to have the FIKI system [on a newer aircraft] in the future.

What has TKS done for your mission?

Given that I have a No-Hazard system only, it hasn’t necessarily opened up new flights. But it has allowed me to work in areas and conditions with less worry.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

Funnily enough, my first flight with my new to me Cirrus we encountered unplanned icing. It was a great experience and truly amazing to see the anti-ice system in action.

Learn more about how the TKS Ice Protection System works

Steven B. – Mooney Ovation M20R FIKI TKS Testimonial

Steven B. lives in the Northeast United States and flies in the Northeast and Southeast regions. His 2003 Mooney Ovation M20R is equipped with a Flight Into Known Icing Conditions (FIKI) TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2012.

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How did you get started in aviation? 

Aviation and flying have always been an interest. I took lessons after completing surgical training, and then continued to Commercial Multi-Engine Rating.

Why did you choose TKS?

Best option for Piston Single Engine Aircraft.

What has TKS done for your mission?

TKS has made the likelihood of flying (dispatch) in the fall, winter and spring much higher.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

I flew from Scranton to Pittsburgh to pick up my wife. We had planned to head south for a flight to Cuba. The weather overall in Pennsylvania was cold and rainy. I had an icing encounter each time I went through the existing cloud layer (i.e., departing Scranton, approach to Pittsburgh and departing Pittsburgh). Each time, the TKS system worked beautifully, keeping the place from gathering any significant ice.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Mooney FIKI

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