CAV Ice Protection has produced more than 6,000 propietary TKS® Ice Protection Systems that fly on aircraft ranging from single engine piston-powered aircraft to mid-sized business jets and unmanned aerial vehicles for security and defense.
“We are proud of the work that we have done to give ice protection peace of mind to thousands of fliers and their families,” said Kevin Hawley, president. CAV Ice Protection supplies the general aviation aftermarket and aircraft OEMs for installation on new aircraft.
Hawley provided a briefing for the aviation media today at EAA AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh which covered recent activities and developments in the ice protection arena. He was accompanied by David Schueler, Kilfrost Incorporated’s vice president, Commercial, The Americas. Kilfrost supplies CAV Ice Protection and customers with TKS Ice Protection fluid.
Hawley noted that CAV Ice Protection has made progress recently in a number of important general aviation segments including high-performance singles and cargo aircraft. In addition, the company has partnered with Kilfrost Incorporated on a number of joint marketing initiatives and developing approvals for TKS Sustain — an environmentally-sensitive ice protection manufactured from natural ingredients.
Cirrus SR22 and Turbo
In partnership with Cirrus Aircraft, CAV Ice Protection worked to develop a Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) TKS Ice Protection System for the high performance single engine 2009 Cirrus SR22 and Turbo models. Cirrus Known Ice Protection is an FAA re-certification of the SR22 and Turbo.
The full line of Cessna Corvalis singles are now eligible for the TKS Ice Protection System retrofit. More than 100 Corvalis 400 TT’s are now equipped with the systems as a factory option or retrofit. Now Corvalis 350 owners can have their system installed as well. CAV Ice Protection, which holds the patent for the TKS Ice Protection System, has received an amended FAA Supplemental Type Certificate to retrofit existing Corvalis 300’s and 350’s. The approval came after flight testing in an early model Corvalis 350. Its predecessor, the Lancair/Columbia 300, is also eligible for retrofit.
The single engine turboprop powered Caravan is now available with the CAV Ice Protection System. Available on the new Caravan 208B, the system gives pilots of the legendary cargo and utility aircraft additional peace of mind when flying into known icing conditions (FIKI).
Kilfrost Incorporated’s environmentally driven new product development program, Kilfrost TKS Sustain™, is unique to the aviation industry. Kilfrost partnered with DuPont Tate & Lyle to produce the world’s first range of aviation de-icing and anti-icing products derived from a renewable source. All of Kilfrost’s sustainable products offer significant environmental benefits in terms of carbon saving and low toxicity, yet with no compromise in terms of performance and functionality. Kilfrost’s TKS Sustain™ is the only TKS fluid made from a renewable source.
CAV Ice Protection and Kilfrost Incorporated have agreed to a joint global marketing and engineering certification program for TKS Ice Protection System fluids used in the general aviation industry. The affiliation enables Kilfrost to grant CAV Ice Protection the right to market, distribute and sell TKS fluids to manufacturers of new aircraft that incorporate CAV Ice Protection. Furthermore, CAV Ice Protection can market Kilfrost’s products to operators of aircraft approved for aftermarket modifications.
Joint Marketing Initiatives
CAV Ice Protection now offers TKS Ice Protection System fluids, produced by Kilfrost Incorporated, to thousands of aircraft operators who have the TKS Ice Protection System. Joint business development initiatives for the two companies include marketing materials, advertising, website promotions and trade show appearances.
Kilfrost Incorporated has pioneered ice protection technology with world-renowned R&D specialists using wind tunnels, cold chambers and world-class technical expertise to test, evaluate and manufacture new products. Contemporary research concentrates on the development of ice protection fluids that meet and exceed evolving environmental standards.
TKS Ice Protection Systems fly on aircraft ranging from single engine pistons to medium-size jets. The CAV Ice Protection customer base includes the following numerous aircraft manufacturers and the owners that fly their products:
Cessna Aircraft Company, Cirrus Design Corporation, Commander Premier Aircraft, Diamon Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Mooney Aicraft, Piper Aircraft, Quest Aircraft, and Socata EADS.