Steven B. lives in the Northeast United States and flies in the Northeast and Southeast regions. His 2003 Mooney Ovation M20R is equipped with a Flight Into Known Icing Conditions (FIKI) TKS Ice Protection System, which he has flown since 2012.
How did you get started in aviation?
Aviation and flying have always been an interest. I took lessons after completing surgical training, and then continued to Commercial Multi-Engine Rating.
Why did you choose TKS?
Best option for single-engine piston aircraft.
What has TKS done for your mission?
TKS has made the likelihood of flying (dispatch) in the fall, winter and spring much higher.
Have you had any memorable experiences with TKS?
I flew from Scranton to Pittsburgh to pick up my wife. We had planned to head south for a flight to Cuba. The weather overall in Pennsylvania was cold and rainy. I had an icing encounter each time I went through the existing cloud layer (i.e., departing Scranton, approach to Pittsburgh and departing Pittsburgh). Each time, the TKS system worked beautifully, keeping the place from gathering any significant ice.