Jim Kickland – Cessna 210L TKS Testimonial

Jim Kickland lives in Iowa and primarily flies to Missouri and Wisconsin. He has also flown to California, the Bahamas, Florida, Arizona and across the Rocky Mountains. Jim previously owned a 1974 Cessna 210L equipped with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection, which he flew for over 7 years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

I just wanted to fly and got my license to transport my family.

Why did you choose TKS?

We got into trouble with icing in our Cessna 182. My wife said “I don’t care what we’re getting, but we’re getting a de-ice airplane.” I don’t know how I heard about it, but it looked like a neat system with the fluid dripping back over the wings. I read some articles and then decided that was the direction I wanted to go. I love the system. It was incredible.

Any truly memorable experiences in icing?

I was going up to Ohio once with a friend of mine for a seminar. There was no forecast for known icing. We picked up ice right when we got off the ground and thought we could get above the clouds. We didn’t. I flipped the TKS on. We thought the tops were at 6,000. But they were still there. So we climbed up to 8,000. Still there. At 10,000 we were still in the weather, accreting ice. We tried different altitudes and the TKS kept the wings perfect. We finally exited the clouds and it was fine. If you fly IFR and want to get places, TKS is something you should consider.

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Scott D. – Cessna T210M TKS Testimonial

Scott D. lives in the Northeast and primarily flies throughout the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. He owns a Cessna T210M equipped with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection, which he has been flying for over 10 years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

It started through civil GA for pure recreation, then changed to business/personal trips and public benefit flying (e.g., Angel Flight/PALS).

Why did you choose TKS?

I was tired of maintaining boots, which weren’t as effective as TKS in keeping the airframe free of ice.

What does TKS do for your mission?

Having TKS removes much concern about climbs and descents through light icing layers in winter months.

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Bob D. – Beechcraft A36 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Bob D. lives in Western Pennsylvania and primarily flies throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Mid-Central regions. He has also flown to Canada and the Bahamas. Bob owns a 1980 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection, which he has been flying for over 5 years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

I started flying in my mid 20’s in Virginia. My first plane was a Cessna 150, which I bought to complete my PPL. I flew it for a couple of years, then bought a Mooney. Got my IFR rating and did a great deal of cross country with that airplane. Sold the Mooney and bought a Cessna Skylane to give the family a lot more room and continued to fly on cross countries and vacations. Sold the Skylane and took 10 years off while work my dominated my time. After I moved from Virginia to Pittsburgh, I re-entered aviation with a 1985 Beechcraft F33A Bonanza. The airplane was later “upgraded” to an A36, which has more space and easier entry for the medical patients I flew and family who like the extra room. I bought this aircraft as my last cross country IFR airplane and so built it out with a turbo-normalized new engine, avionics and TKS.

Why did you choose TKS?

I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For at least four months of the year we typically have the lake effect overcast, which nearly always has the potential for ice. I frequently fly IFR. The only way to deal with these conditions is to have some kind of ice protection, particularly for those IFR approaches. I chose TKS because I liked the fact that it coats the entire wing.

What does TKS do for your mission?

TKS makes flying possible during the winter months. While others are grounded, I can fly and, most importantly, get in while passing through the 3,000-5,000 foot layer of overcast. Having capabilities to exit inadvertent icing gives me peace of mind.

Any truly memorable experiences in icing with TKS?

I think the most memorable experience is not having a memorable experience. TKS has given me time to get out of the icing layer without measurable accumulation on the wings. I turn the system on before entering IFR conditions when the temps are low and exit clean. That for me is memorable. Let me put it another way; I once landed my Mooney with accumulated ice on the wings. I didn’t like that feeling and never wanted to have it again. That’s why I have TKS.

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Rick N. – Cirrus SR22 FIKI TKS Testimonial

Rick N. lives in Oklahoma and flies throughout the Midwest, West and South. Rick owns a 2012 SR22 equipped with Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) certified TKS Ice Protection. He has also owned a 2004 Cirrus SR22 equipped with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection. He has flown these TKS equipped aircraft for a combined total of 8 years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

When I was six years old, my father took me up in a Piper Cub. He was an enthusiastic pilot and encouraged me to get my license when I was older. I started my private in 1968 and finished my license until 1975. I was trained in a Cessna 150 and then moved up to a 182. After I got enough hours to qualify for affordable insurance I moved up to a Cessna 310Q. In my early years, I flew a Maule M5-235 for a year delivering supplies in the bush—until an accident changed my outlook on the job. Also I have about a 100 hours in a Piper AeroStar 601P with de-ice boots.

Why did you choose TKS?

I fly throughout the winter months in areas prone to icing conditions. When I bought our airplane I searched for one with TKS installed. TKS offers a better solution than de-ice boots or a heated leading edge as the glycol fluid coats the entire wing surface.

What does TKS do for your mission?

When I was flying without de-ice boots or TKS I had a number of trips where I ended up driving a car rather than flying because of the risk of being trapped by the weather. I am still very careful about flying in icing conditions. TKS provides me with the ability to fly safely in winter months and gives me peace of mind.

 

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David L. – Beechcraft A36 Bonanza FIKI TKS Testimonial

David L. lives in Wisconsin and flies throughout the United States. He owns a 1998 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) certified TKS Ice Protection, which he has flown for over six years. David has also owned a Beechcraft F33A Bonanza equipped with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection, which he flew for three years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

I started flying in 1997 after a free intro flight that was provided by AOPA. At the time I was scuba diving, and took up flying as hobby that I did not have to travel away from home to do. I had two sons in college on the East Coast and was able to fly them back and forth and visit them.

Why did you choose TKS?

I chose TKS because it was the only FIKI option for the A36.  I had owned a FIKI B58TC with boots for five years between the F33A and the A36. I prefer TKS because I believe it is more effective than boots. The runback also prevents bridging of ice. While the fluid reservoir holds a finite amount compared to boots, the fluid covers more surfaces. And the amount of fluid is adequate to get out of icing conditions.

What does TKS do for your mission?

TKS has allowed me to fly all year long in Wisconsin. I have flown round trip from Milwaukee to Green Bay almost every week for the past seven years. I have only canceled planned flights two or three times per year during that time. Not only does it allow me to be legal, it allows me to be safe. I like the ability to prevent ice buildup rather than trying to remove it after it has formed as with boots.

Have you had any memorable experiences in icing with TKS?

I do recall being able to get back from Florida to Wisconsin with a significant snowstorm passing through the Midwest. I was able to fly approaches for fuel stops without icing issues. I was able to get between layers to avoid ice for the majority of the trip. TKS kept me out of trouble.

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Michael Murray – Beechcraft A36 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Michael Murray lives in northern New York. He makes business trips throughout New York State, the Midwest, the South, and southeast Atlantic states. For pleasure, he flies all over the country with his family, including Alaska. Michael owns a 1995 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection, which he has been flying for 4.5 years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

In 1968, I started flying. Two years later I received my pilot’s license, I flew for about five to six years, then began a family, and with the expenses did not start flying again until the mid 1990s. I had a home on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. My wife wanted a quicker trip so encouraged me to get back to flying. It was a lot easier to fly there than drive. After I retired from New York State, I used the plane extensively for business. I bought my current plane in late 2013.

Why did you choose TKS?

There are a limited number of options available. You can get boots, TKS or the Kelly Aerospace system. The Kelly system is not really on many airplanes, so it’s either TKS or boots. I like the TKS because it does a nicer job of keeping ice from forming on the plane in the first place than the boots do. When TKS is turned on and is flowing, which takes about 15 minutes to completely flow, it does an excellent job of keeping inadvertent ice off the plane. I proactively turn the system on whenever there are winter conditions and I may go into IMC. I also let the fluid flow whenever I may be flying through the clouds.

What does TKS do for your mission?

I have had almost 100% dispatch in the winter for planned trips. That pretty much tells it all. I can mostly fly when I want to fly. Most of my flying in the winter is in the clear between layers or on top, and only a small part of the trip is in IMC. Only a small amount of the IMC might result in icing. I plan flights around areas of potential icing. TKS provides an escape and time if I do encounter icing.

Have you had any memorable experiences in icing with TKS?

There are times you believe it’s improbable that you’ll have ice and you get a little bit or a lot. For the most part, my winter flying has been ice-free, however. One time on an approach I had 2.5 to 3 inches of quick accumulating unexpected ice on the wingtip tanks and on the point of the prop spinner, with very little ice or slushiness on the wings because the TKS was on. Very rarely do I turn on the windshield spray bar. The sling from the prop usually keeps the antennas and windshield clean if there is any icing. When the TKS is on there is usually never any icing.

Have you flown in aircraft with other ice protection systems?

The nice thing about boots is that you don’t turn boots on until you have ice. The bad thing is that they don’t keep the wings as clean as TKS does. Boots don’t protect the windshield or airframe, either. You have to have a separate system for your prop, which is electric or heated. TKS is better.

If you do get ice unexpectedly, the TKS system gives you time to get out of the icing conditions until you can get to a place where it’s safe. It’s a good system. It works.

Additional comments

I was iced up a few times in my Mooney without ice protection. It was very scary. One of the requirements the second time I looked to buy a plane was TKS. I was looking for a TKS equipped Columbia/Cessna 400, a turbo Cirrus SR22, or a Beechcraft Bonanza. The Bonanza was first choice because of the room in the plane. Fred Braunstein, the former owner of my current plane and a friend of mine, had the TKS installed on the Bonanza. Fred was selling his plane and it came up first, and that’s why I chose it. But whatever plane I bought had to have TKS because of the potential icing situation we have in the northeast.

Just about anybody who flies in the northeast or Great Lakes in the winter would benefit from having TKS. I’m sure it’s very similar in other parts of the country or in Canada because I’ve had icing over B.C. in the summer. Anybody working in the northern latitudes where there are clouds and temperatures below 0 degrees could benefit.