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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Jim Posner – Beechcraft F33A Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Captain Jim Posner lives in the Pacific Northwest and flies throughout the United States and Canada. His 1992 Beechcraft F33A Bonanza is equipped with a No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2005.

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How did you get started in aviation?

I started flying in the mid-1960s.

Why did you choose TKS?

I was convinced TKS was the best approach to ice protection.

What has TKS done for your mission?

TKS has reduced stress by providing a “get out of jail free” card and allows fewer canceled flights.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for the Beechcraft Bonanza

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François G. – Cessna 182T TKS Testimonial

François G. lives in France and flies in Europe and North America. His 2006 Cessna 182T is equipped with a No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2007.

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How did you get started in aviation? 

I started to fly 12 years ago.

Why did you choose TKS?

I need to fly extensively with the ability to exit inadvertent icing conditions.

What has TKS done for your mission?

TKS is a helpful and secure system. I have flown from Paris to New York via Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Flying over the Greenland ice cap at FL 150, we crossed an icing layer of cloud without picking up ice or losing speed.

The aircraft has also flown to Svalbard, one of the world’s most northernmost inhabited areas, located in the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway and the North Pole.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for the Cessna 182

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H.C. – Beechcraft Baron FIKI TKS Testimonial

H.C. lives in the Midwest and flies from the Midwest to the Southeast. His (new to him) Beechcraft 55 Baron is equipped with a FIKI-certified TKS Ice Protection System

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How did you get started in aviation? 

One day I went out to the airport for fun. Now I’m a professional pilot flying the Airbus A330.

Why did you choose TKS?

I needed an ice protection system that wouldn’t wear out when sitting outside in the Southeast. The TKS system seems like it will last longer sitting in the sun.

What has TKS done for your mission?

Before this airplane, I had a twin-engine airplane that did not have de-ice capability. TKS has allowed me a lot more reliability to get where I need to go.

Have you flown aircraft with other ice protection systems and, if so, how does TKS compare?

The hot bleed air of the Airbus A330 is probably a step up, only because I’m not buying fluid. For GA, and piston aircraft in particular, I’m very happy with how it works. The system itself—the pump, the tank, how it’s distributed, the whole operation—works nice. It also does a good job of keeping the aircraft clean.

Learn more about TKS for the Beechcraft Baron FIKI.

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