Maintenance Matters

February 2017 Issue

Retrofit De-Icing: ThermaWing Impresses

If you want an aftermarket de-icing system, the chances are good there’s one available. We particularly like ThermaWing for price and simplicity.

For pilots who regularly use their airplanes to travel, having ice protection beyond a heated pitot tube often goes from the “nice to have” column to the “I really need it” column when considering upgrades to the family machine—especially if there’s recently been a pucker-inducing encounter. We did a survey of what’s available for retrofit and found, to our surprise and pleasure, that some form of retrofit de-icing system is available for just about any high-performance piston single or twin.

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