Nathan T. lives in the Great Lakes region, primarily flies throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes, and has flown around the East Coast, Florida Keys, California and Colorado. He owns a 2001 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza equipped with inadvertent TKS Ice Protection, which he has been flying for over 10 years.
How did you get started in aviation?
It was a boyhood dream. Any time I went past an airport, my head was on a swivel. I started taking lessons in 1999.
Why did you choose TKS?
It was the best system available for my Bonanza, better than boots. I had not personally had experience with boots before. But knowing what boots do and what I perceive to be the limitation of boots, with the ongoing maintenance—how they need to be replaced, the rubber gets old after a while—I thought that TKS was a more effective system.
What does TKS do for your mission?
It allows me to get out of potentially dangerous situations. Since I live in the Great Lakes and have had ice in June not too far from my home airport, TKS allows me to fly comfortably all year round.
Anyone who wants to complete their mission during the winter with peace of mind would benefit from having TKS.