February 1998 Issue

The Ice Fight

A critical look at old standby boots versus new-age weeping wings.

Following the Roselawn commuter crash of 1994, aircraft icing became the FAA’s Public Enemy Number One. In the months since, the government has thrown big money at the icing bogey man. Forecasts and reports have improved, ADs have been issued, research marches boldly forward. But light airplane drivers still slog around with either boots or juice. Or nothing at all.

Boots are the old standby but more aircraft are being fitted out with weeping wing TKS systems. Since our last report on this subject six years ago, Mooney has certified its Bravo and Ovation for flight into known icing and a third single, the Encore, will soon have that option. New Commander singles are also being certifie...

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