Planning For Ice
Remaining aware of potential icing conditions is one of the best ways to avoid ice. Advanced weather reports, PIREPS, SIGMETS and AIRMETs are all invaluable tools for planning an ice-free flight.
But reports aren’t 100% fool proof, so how can you protect yourself against an inadvertent icing encounter? Or as a keen pilot, log those additional flight hours in times when visibility isn’t crystal clear?
Pneumatic de-icing systems, such as boots, are an energy efficient way to remove ice build-up but only address the aircraft’s leading edges. They cannot therefore, tackle any potential runback and only free the leading edges of ice directly after the de-icing cycle.
For an aircraft that is reliably equipped for all icing scenarios, the TKS® anti-icing system continuously prevents the formation of ice for all protected surfaces, including: wings, tails, propeller, windshield and struts. Providing fluid-based protection, TKS® exploits aerodynamic forces to drive an anti-ice fluid across the protected surfaces, before carrying the mixture away from the aircraft.