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.
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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