Quest Aircraft Company has received final approval from the FAA for the KODIAK’s Ice Protection System (IPS). The system has been installed on three KODIAKs so far, and is now fully operational. Kodiak’s TKS ice protection system is manufactured by CAV Aerospace Inc., which is widely recognized as the most effective ice protection available for today’s general aviation aircraft for flight-into-known-icing (FIKI), according to company officials.
“Since receiving our type certification in 2007, we have continued to work on enhancements and improvements to the KODIAK,” stated Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s President and CEO. “Ice protection is an option that many of our customers have been looking forward to having available to them and we are very pleased that the system is now certified, especially as we move into the winter flying months.”
CAV’s TKS ice protection system works by exuding a measured amount of glycol-based ice protection fluid through precision laser-drilled microscopic holes in wing leading edges fashioned of titanium, along with a dispersion mechanism for propellers. IPS can be retrofitted to any existing KODIAK or installed new during production.
The system does not require additional external fittings such as a cargo pod and fits directly to the standard airframe. It protects the wing leading edges, vertical tail, horizontal tail, landing gear, struts, propeller and the windshield. The robust system meets all flight-into-known-icing requirements (FIKI).