Marc Mosier – Trans-Atlantic Ferry Pilot TKS Testimonial

Marc Mosier lives in Virginia and primarily flies as a trans-Atlantic ferry pilot. He has delivered a dozen Cirrus SR22s with No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection and Mooney M20s with No-Hazard or FIKI-certified TKS.

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How did you get started in aviation?

Forty years ago I started as a recreational pilot and later became a ferry pilot.

Why did you choose TKS?

TKS was the only approved way of adding ice protection to a Mooney that I owned.

What does TKS do for your mission?

It allows me to launch where I would not launch if I did not have the guarantee that I would be able to survive an icing encounter.

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Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

You don’t cross the Atlantic without having memorable icing encounters. I have crossed the pond several times with non-FIKI Cirrus. In doing so, I have picked up ice several times and have been able to shed it every time.

Have you flown in aircraft with other ice protection systems?

Yes, I have had experience with boots and electrothermal.

The main advantage of TKS is that you don’t burden the airplane with weight if you don’t need it. In the summertime you can drain some of the fluid because you need less. [We recommend you prime the TKS system year-round once a month.] The weight penalty is fairly minimal. The drag penalty is also fairly minimal compared to boots. And maintenance is lighter than it would be with boots which you have to replace after a while.

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Nico W. – Beechcraft E33 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

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 No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection for 5 years.

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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 or unanticipated 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.”

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Ryan H. – Cessna 182 TKS Testimonial

Ryan H. lives in northern Wisconsin and primarily flies within the Upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan) and occasionally the Rockies. He is the owner of a 1998 Cessna 182 and has flown the No-Hazard TKS equipped airplane for 6 years.

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How did you get started in aviation?

I’ve been interested since I was quite young.

Why did you choose TKS?

I had a prior experience with an A36 owner who showed me the system’s icing capabilities and the safety margin it provides.

What did TKS do for your mission?

I frequently use the 182 to go skiing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Of course, with the Great Lakes there’s frequently icing conditions. It allows me to start and complete those missions with a low danger and anxiety factor. I know I’ve done it so many times, I know the airplane and it gets me there. Even with smart flight planning, you can still get into icing you didn’t expect. TKS will get you out of that, in my experience, at any time without an issue.

Where I go is the Keweenaw Peninsula. It sticks out into Lake Superior and has some of the worst weather in the world. It snows 300 inches there, which is totally different than 300 inches in Colorado. The snow stays around. I’ve never seen so much snow. You come out and there’s a foot and a half of snow on top of your airplane from overnight. How are you going to get it off? You brush it off, flip on the TKS and off you go.

There’s a friend I frequently ski in Michigan with, and he was ranting out on the ramp that the ice was terrible and so on. He gets in the airplane and five minutes later he’s turning off the de-ice because we don’t need it. We found a layer in between the clouds. From five minutes he goes from “This is dangerous” to “We don’t need it anymore.” You see this transformation of flying with other pilots who realize the utility and what TKS brings. From the ground de-icing to the in-air stuff, it just can’t be beat. I don’t see another system that even comes close to this.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

Coming out of Evanston, Wyoming. Over Wyoming the radar didn’t look too bad but we ended up in some pretty bad icing with very few alternate airports around. Having the TKS was absolutely reassuring. Again, the conditions weren’t predicted to be that bad. To be able to just push on through that, knowing that when I came out the backside of it, all would be well. And I had more than enough TKS fluid to get through it. You know, that’s reassuring having your family aboard and being able to say that there’s nothing really to worry about. You can push on. Every experience is memorable.

They compare Dutch Harbor, Alaska to be some of the worst weather to fly in. Horton, Michigan has it beat most days. The average weather up there in the winter are winds at 25 gusting to 35 and heavy snow. Thankfully the runway is lined up to the northwest. They designed it that way. You don’t show up there without solid instrument skills. Other than the FedEx airplanes and the regional jets, there’s one other guy who goes in and out of there. He has a Mooney with TKS.

Have you flown in aircraft with other ice protection systems?

Yes. I’ve flown Twin Cessnas with FIKI boots. I personally have an A36 Bonanza that has boots. Although they have their pluses, when the ice is serious or there’s a concern for even moderate icing, you feel a lot more reassured when you have the TKS system.

Additional comments

It can be a ground de-ice. I go out to my airplane. There’s freezing rain. There’s snow. There’s whatever. I had a buddy of mine who had seen it before but he hadn’t seen that much. He taxis to the end of the runway, makes sure it’s all cleared off and takes off. One of the tricks is a mosquito sprayer with TKS in it. The ground de-ice is priceless.

Some people talk about your system and say “It won’t de-ice the airplane.” That’s simply not true. It absolutely will. It takes a few minutes to get there, but it will de-ice an airplane. People think it’s just anti-ice which is true on your lower settings in particular.

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Michael S. – Beechcraft 58 Baron TKS Testimonial

Michael S. lives in West Virginia and primarily flies up and down the East Coast, from New York to Florida. He is the owner of a 1988 Beechcraft 58 Baron with FIKI-certified TKS Ice Protection.

Michael S Beechcraft B58 Baron

How did you get started in aviation?

I took a flying lesson in 1994. From then on I was hooked.

Why did you choose TKS?

I met someone who had TKS. They said it was great, so I installed it on the A36 Bonanza in 1996 and loved it. Then I got a Baron which had boots. 11 years ago, I got TKS when I repainted and got a new interior for the Baron. I always wanted to put it on, I was just waiting for the right time.

What did TKS do for your mission?

It has allowed me to do missions I would not have, and gets me out of icing situations where boots did not do as good of a job.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

Having to go to 18,000 feet to get out of icing, yeah. I had a dangerous situation with boots but never with the TKS.

Have you flown in aircraft with other ice protection system(s)?

Yes, my Baron had boots. TKS is a gazillion times better.

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John R. – Mooney M20R Ovation TKS Testimonial

John R. lives on the East Coast and primarily flies within the East Coast and Midwest. He is the owner of a 1998 Mooney M20R Ovation with FIKI-certified TKS Ice Protection.

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How did you get started in aviation?

Aviation has been an interest of mine since I was 10 years old.

Why did you choose TKS?

I chose TKS because I was convinced that the fluid would be much more efficient in preventing / eliminating airframe ice versus the old technology boots.

What did TKS do for your mission?

From 2008 until 2011, I was flying every week to Newport News, Virginia for work. The TKS system allowed me to reliably make the trip.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

The most memorable experience I have had with the TKS system actually occurred on the flight home after having the system installed. I encountered a significant icing situation flying from Salina, Kansas back to the East Coast. I had to divert to Columbus, Ohio. The windshield picked up significant ice but the airframe was ice free due to the system. On the initial approach, fluid on the windshield cleared the windscreen in seconds and I was able to fly an ILS approach in snow at minimums.

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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.

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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.

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