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.
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.