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.

On ramp at Coober Peedy airport South Australia

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

On ramp at New Caledonia Magenta airport by NC Aero Club

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.

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.

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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.

Donovan L. – Beechcraft A36 Bonanza TKS Testimonial

Donovan L. lives in Wisconsin and primarily flies within the Great Lakes region. His 1984 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza is equipped with a No-Hazard TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2016.

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How did you get started in aviation?

At age 24 I got my pilot’s license. After 10 hours in the air, I knew it was for me and bought a plane. That decision helped me get to my customers and has built the business to what it is today.

Why did you choose TKS?

I researched the daylights out of it. Talked to a bunch of people, experienced pilots. Read a lot of articles. Beechtalk was also a great resource. TKS is a more expensive solution, but not by much. I would rather spend more and be confident in the system. With boots, you’re catching ice along the way. I don’t want ice, period. Based on my research, there’s absolutely no need for boots. It became a no-brainer that TKS was the only way to go.

What has TKS done for your mission?

The whole reason why I fly IFR is so that I can make the judgement call that my personal minimums will allow to take off and come home. My partner and I share expenses on this Bonanza. If you are in the Great Lakes and have a partnership in a plane without ice protection, no one’s going to fly that plane from October through December and February through May. Since we put TKS on it, we can virtually fly the plane year-round.

I would rather wait and deal with unfortunate supply occurrences than fly in IFR without TKS. I wouldn’t even get in a plane without TKS in the middle of July. Ryan, a friend and experienced pilot who has flown many Life Flights, caught ice in the middle of July over Lake Michigan at 12,000 feet. He got out of it with TKS. Ice can happen anytime, especially over the Great Lakes.

Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?

No, and I don’t want any. What I care about most is the tail. When you’re in the middle of ice and the windows are completely fogged, you can’t see the tail. You don’t know what ice accumulation you’ve got, but you know you need to get out. TKS provides that peace of mind. The titanium looks sexy too. Of course, form follows function.

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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