April 12, 2011
By Ian J. Twombly
Bonanza G36 owners now have the opportunity to make their airplanes certified for flight into known icing (FIKI). CAV Aerospace announced April 11 that its weeping wing ice protection system allows owners to gain FIKI approval through a supplemental type certificate (STC).
The airplane modification calls for the installation of wing and other leading-edge surface panels, a windshield panel, a slinger tube on the propeller, a plumbing system, and a reservoir tank. In all, the TKS ice protection system weighs 51 pounds without fluid and 115.4 pounds with a full tank of fluid. The system holds enough fluid for two and a half hours of continuous use. There’s also the choice of maximum mode, which puts out even more fluid.
According to the company, 300 other Bonanzas are currently outfitted with the system. The base retail price for the installation and STC is $47,500.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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