November 7, 2009
Anti-icing and de-icing fluid manufacturer Kilfrost announced Nov. 6 at AOPA Aviation Summit that it is within 60 to 90 days of achieving certification of a new, ecologically-friendly ice protection fluid.
The new fluid, dubbed TKS Sustain, is a glycol-based fluid derived from corn instead of the current petroleum-based ice protection fluid used in such weeping-wing-equipped airplanes as the Cirrus SR22 and the Cessna Caravan.
Kilfrost believes it’s just a matter of time before the Environmental Protection Agency mandates a fluid with less adverse impact on the environment.
Kilfrost Incorporated and CAV Aerospace, Inc. (formerly AS&T), based in Salina, Kan., will continue to sell the current-production TKS 408B fluid, but begin offering TKS Sustain once it’s approved and certified.
The new fluid will have some big advantages over the traditional TKS fluid. It will weigh 10 percent less, making a gallon weigh 8.3 pounds instead of TKS 408B’s 9.2 pounds. Its viscosity characteristics are better, too. TKS Sustain will stay thinner at colder temperatures and be slightly thicker at warmer temperatures. On the down side, TKS Sustain will cost 10 to 20 percent more per gallon. TKS Sustain’s price has yet to be determined. The fluid will be sold in 250-, 55-, 30-, 5-, and 2.5-gallon sizes.
AOPA Summit 2009 Product News
Weeping wings go green
StartPac lithium starting units unveiled
Bonanzas, Barons get infrared vision
Virtual HUD not so virtual
Dynon glass panel for LSA, Experimental
The Big Deal at Solid FX
Flying - underwater!
Cirrus offers Entegra Release 9
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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