A Cessna Aircraft system that helps protect propeller aircraft from icing has received FAA certification, the company announced Wednesday.
Cessna, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, said in a news release that it has received Federal Aviation Administration certification of the Flight Into Known Icing system for its TTx aircraft.
The FIKI system extends the TTx’s mission capabilities, according to the news release. It can provide more than two hours of protection from most ice attaching to the airframe, with minimal impact on performance.
“The Cessna TTx program has been incredibly successful and certification for the FIKI system is the next important step in the maturing of the aircraft,” Brian Steele, Cessna TTx business leader, said in a statement.
The FIKI system uses glycol-based TKS fluid, which is pumped through micro-drilled holes in the titanium leading edges of the aircraft’s wings. The propeller and windshield are also protected with TKS fluid.
The TTx is an all-composite, high-performance aircraft and is equipped with the Garmin G2000 avionics system.