Nico W. lives in the Midwest and primarily flies around the Midwest and West Coast. Nico has flown his 1969 Beechcraft E33 Bonanza equipped with inadvertent TKS Ice Protection for 5 years.
How did you get started in aviation?
My sister’s father-in-law insisted that I learn to fly.
Why did you choose TKS?
When I moved the plane from California to Minnesota I really liked the idea of an extra insurance policy, so to speak, after a few flights during the winter ended with me turning back after an unexpected cloud layer crept in; the TKS system seemed most appropriate and safest for how the plane was being used.
What did TKS do for your mission?
I’m still not a huge fan of flying when I might encounter icing, but having the TKS system gives me a whole lot of peace of mind in case the unexpected comes up during a flight.
Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?
None – I don’t fly if I know the conditions might result in “truly memorable.” The TKS is a back up insurance for good decision making. I’m delighted it’s never been a “life saver.”