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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