Jim N. – Beechcraft 55 Baron FIKI TKS Testimonial

Jim N. lives primarily flies in the Upper Midwest. He is the owner of a 1980 Beechcraft 55 Baron with Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) certified TKS Ice Protection.

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Why did you choose TKS?

I originally bought the Baron specifically because I fly over Lake Michigan on a regular basis. A single, even with a parachute, simply does not compare, as survival times in the lake are short, even in the summertime. There have been countless times where there have been forecasts for icing, and the TKS has given me the confidence and ability to fly through. It simply becomes a non-issue.

What does TKS do for your mission?

TKS has been simple to operate and maintain, and has worked flawlessly for years. I would not travel in my Baron without TKS. It has expanded and improved my dispatch rate and increased both my confidence as well as safety. It was well worth the investment.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

There was one episode that I recall in particular. I was flying westward across Michigan and then Lake Michigan one afternoon in late winter. Everyone on the frequency was reporting ice accumulation, from the surface and well up into the flight levels. ATC was doing their best to accommodate everyone, but it was pretty clear they didn’t have much to work with and nowhere to put people. There were low ceilings everywhere, and then in what seemed to be an instant I started to pick up mixed ice, and quickly. I had already primed the TKS system and was ready. I turned on the TKS, and as usual no further ice accumulated on the wings or tail surfaces. The stuff that had accumulated rapidly turned to slush and fell away. The windshield iced up but was readily freed of ice with TKS from the spray bar. I could see ice covering the landing lights in the wings but all of the visible flying surfaces were clean. There was no risk of runback ice as well. Radio reception started weakening as ice covered the antennas, but a switch to the second radio addressed this problem. I knew from the Nexrad and XM Radio that it was actually clear near the Michigan border of the lake, so I decided to continue. As I crossed Lake Michigan it was fully night, but I could see the ice start to disappear from the windshield. When I landed, there was nearly an inch of mixed ice on the radome and spinners but everything else was entirely clear. Without the TKS I would have been forced to land and spend the night, or possibly faced an even worse outcome. I do not believe the TKS system is for droning along in ice for prolonged periods of time, but is ideally suited for brief periods, knowing there are clear areas ahead.

Have you flown in aircraft with other ice protection systems?

TKS is clearly superior to boots. It does not require maintenance, periodic replacement, and does it not lose any airspeed. It does not require an expensive hot plate or an additional alcohol tank to fill in the nose.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Beechcraft Baron FIKI

 

Cessna P210 – Inadvertent SLD Encounter

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A TKS-equipped Cessna P210 en route from Oregon had an inadvertent SLD icing encounter at 14,000 feet and exited by climbing.

TKS is not approved for flight into SLD conditions. In an inadvertent SLD encounter such as the one pictured above, a TKS system does have capabilities beyond other ice protection systems. Even with a TKS system, one should always take immediate steps to exit icing conditions should they be encountered.

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CAV Ice Protection has introduced a new product for the OEM market named SLD Guard, an airborne anti-ice system designed to meet new FAA aircraft certification regulations addressing FIKI conditions containing Supercooled Large Droplets (SLD).

Dave Bosworth – FedEx Feeder and Beechcraft V35 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Dave Bosworth lives in the Northwestern United States and primarily flies around the inland Northwest, bridging the Cascades and Rocky Mountains—also called the Inland Empire. For work at Empire Airlines, he flies a Cessna 208B Cargomaster with FIKI-certified TKS Ice Protection. For play, he pilots a Beechcraft V35 Bonanza with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection.

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How did you get started in aviation?

That’s a 35 year story. I’ve been flying since I was a teenager. I learned to fly in high school, got my pilot’s certificate at 18, and garnered all my ratings to the point where I was flying cargo for a Part 135 carrier in New Mexico. Then I worked for Horizon Airlines here in the Northwest. As my career advanced, I went to Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier, and now I fly for Empire Airlines here in Idaho.

Why did you choose TKS?

Using TKS wasn’t a choice I made. It was a choice that FedEx made for their entire fleet. When we bought the Bonanza, having the TKS was a nice addition. Something I’m familiar with anyway. It’s such a great ice protector, you couldn’t say no. It’s a great add-on to the airplane.

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What does TKS do for your mission?

It literally means we get completion. Without TKS, there are certainly days when we wouldn’t feel comfortable or confident flying. TKS gives us a higher reliability in the common winter conditions we have here in the Northwest.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

The neat thing about TKS is that it makes things pretty unmemorable. It just works. TKS is an outstanding anti-ice, and it’s a very, very good de-ice. If you managed properly, to use it as an anti-ice system to begin with, you don’t really have a lot of need to use it as a de-ice system. Occasionally you get into those weather conditions where you are truly de-icing the airplane in flight, and when you do that it’s just superb. The only limitation of TKS is how much TKS fluid you can take with you. On our typical flights with the Caravan, the 20.8 gallons of fluid that we have is usually sufficient. It’s very rare when I don’t have enough to complete. In fact, I can think of only one trip out of the last 700 hours where I couldn’t complete the trip because I didn’t have enough TKS fluid.

Have you used any other ice protection systems?

Boots are generally inferior because you can get that cuff of ice on the outside of the boot. Again, if it’s not managed properly boots can be problematic. Boots are more likely to get a hole in them, then they don’t work at all. Truly the best is to have a heated wing. That’s what I had on the Boeing airplanes I flew. All of the hot air is coming out to heat the windshield, leading edge and everything. Short of literally having a turbojet anti-ice/de-icing system, TKS is pretty much second to none.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Cessna 208 FIKI

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Beechcraft Bonanza

Around the World in a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza – TKS Testimonial

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Adam Broome lives on the East Coast and primarily flies the East Coast and Southeastern United States. In 2016, he flew around the world in his 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with TKS Ice Protection.

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How did you get started in aviation?

In 2000, when I was 44, my wife and I were attending a church silent auction held to raise money for mission trips. A church member who owned a Baron was offering a one-hour sightseeing flight at the auction. We had not flown in a small plane before (other than a short flight to St. Bart’s for our honeymoon in 1982) and thought it might be a fun family outing for us and our daughter, then 3 years old, and her grandfather. So we made the winning auction bid, took the one-hour flight with the family and had a great time.

After that, my wife noticed that I would sometimes buy a copy of FlyingPlane & Pilot or one of the other aviation magazines when traveling, and that I would pick up children’s books about flying to read to our daughter. In 2002, for our 20th wedding anniversary, she bought me a book on obtaining a pilot license, thinking that I might find it of interest. (She now says it was the least expensive purchase of my aviation hobby.) I was excited to discover that I could actually get a license! So my wife signed me up for a ground school class as a Christmas present later that year. I earned my PPL in 2003, bought my first plane in 2004 and earned my instrument rating the same year. In the 14 years since I started flying, I’ve logged over 2700 hours, of which about 180 hours were spent flying around the world in my Bonanza last year.

Why did you choose TKS?

In 2008 we made a month-long family trip from North Carolina to Alaska and back in our Bonanza before it was equipped with TKS. During that trip, with my wife and our 11-year old daughter aboard, we encountered some unexpected icing over the mountains above the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, Alaska. We escaped without incident but the encounter made an impression, particularly on my wife.

That icing event and a few others made me interested in having more in the way of ice protection than simply a heated pitot tube and heated prop, which was all my Bonanza had at the time. The only ice protection system then available for the Bonanza was TKS. Everyone I spoke with who was familiar with the system found it highly effective, as has also been my experience. I finally decided to add the TKS system to the Bonanza in 2012, along with a turbo-normalizer system which, in addition to its other benefits, offers more climb power at altitude and can be helpful in icing encounters.

What did TKS do for your mission?

My TKS system is the “No-Hazard” version, as I have an older (1983) Bonanza. I always try to avoid circumstances in which icing is likely. What TKS gives me, however, is the peace of mind that comes from having another tool available to buy time to escape from an unexpected icing encounter.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

My friend George, who flew with me for much of my around-the-world trip, wrote about an icing encounter we experienced on trip while flying over Greece near the southern end of the Balkans.  He posted the story on his blog, which can be read here.

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection 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

Learn more about TKS Ice Protection for Cessna 210 FIKI

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.