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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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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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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