I'm just curious, what are you flying that uses TKS?
My only experience with TKS has been in the Cirrus. Does a fine job in that airplane as long as you get it turned on before the ice starts to build. (It's not FIKI certified on that airframe so it's always been inadvertent encounters.)
Downsides? Weight and cost I guess, but I love it on the Cirrus and you don't need to haul the weight around in the summer months.
Wish I had it today on the 310. The boots just didn't do a very good job knocking off the clear. Luckily there wasn't much of it.
I did a flight review/IPC for a gentleman and later got to fly his Mooney with the TKS (FIKI) system.
Knocks boots out of the park.
The only other downside I'll mention was that once I showed up to fly with him and went into the hangar to preflight (it was a bit chilly...). The plane had just come out of annual and the damn wings were leaking everywhere!!!I've not had the chance to fly em' just the time to clean bugs out of the system. But it does seem like it would be really good.
Yeah....Just reminds me of SGF last winter with our Central American friend not getting his 135 IFR-PIC check until Jan. I did not like November and December.It's damn near bulletproof on the 210. I can only think of a handful of time that I needed the "high" pump position, even "normal" will deal pretty well with anything but "uhoh" icing. It does stink and you do need to clean the leading edges, though. And trying to fill up the resevoir in that thrice-damned baggage compartment when it's already stuffed with bank bags, you're in the middle of a blizzard, it's gusting 50 knots, you're standing on a sheet of ice, and you can't feel your fingers...
WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO KNOW BEFORE TODAY!!!! Actually, I was having problems with it because MEM APPR decided that 8,000 was too low and pushed me up to 10,000. I did pick up a trace on the inlets. Is that where you start to pick it up first, besides on the fluid bar? I thought I would ask you, since you had this run and all before.And a word of warning, in my experience it doesn't work as well on the Baron. It's still totally adequate, but it's not quite the silver bullet it is on the 210.