Aviators very seldom will be flying in ice one minute and landing on water the next, but at AirVenture, which kicks off July 25 in Oshkosh, CAV Aerospace is exhibiting a Cessna Caravan with the capability to do both.
The Cessna Caravan is already a very talented turboprop, CAV Aerospace officials note. With floats it covers just about any amphibious mission, from fishing in forested mountain streams to landing in Gulf Stream waters. With the added capability of flight into known icing with the TKS ice protection system, the turboprop with floats gains yet another dimension, according to company officials.
“I haven’t seen another like it,” says CAV Aerospace President Kevin Hawley. “It stands out even here at Oshkosh, a gathering known for one of a kind airplanes. We are delighted to be able to add to its capabilities even further with the addition of TKS flight into know icing.”
The 2010 Caravan float-ice combo belongs to Aero Power Distributing of Ann Arbor Mich. It is also equipped with the G1000 Integrated Digital IFR Avionics Suite, GFC700 Digital 3 Axis A/P, and three 10.4″ High Res Displays. Aero Power is the Cessna factory Authorized Sales Representative for the Caravan series aircraft in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Also on static display at CAV Aerospace’s Oshkosh Exhibit 121-123 is a G36 Bonanza with FIKI capabilities. The company recently received amended STC approval from the FAA to install the TKS FIKI protection system in Bonanza G36s.