The 300th Beech Bonanza fitted with a TKS
“weeping wing” ice protection system by CAV Aerospace is on display
at EAA AirVenture 2010. The landmark Bonanza is a 1979 V-35B model, one
of the last classic V-tail versions built.
In addition to CAV’s TKS installation,
the airplane has been upgraded with an Atlantic Aero engine and cowling
plus a custom avionics suite and a redone interior. It belongs to Randy
Africano, an American Bonanza Society board member.
CAV’s TKS systems provide anti-icing
protection by distributing a measured amount of glycol-based ice
protection fluid through precision laser-drilled microscopic holes in
wing leading edges fashioned of titanium. The company also offers a
dispersion mechanism for propellers.
The systems are available for most
high-performance general aviation aircraft. More than 6,000 general
aviation airplanes and unmanned aircraft have flown with the company’s
ice protection system.
“We are grateful to Randy Africano for
letting us display his very unique and classic Bonanza V-tail at
Oshkosh,” said Kevin Hawley, CAV Aerospace Inc. president.
Africano’s Bonanza is one of three TKS-equipped
airplanes on display at the company’s exhibit, Booth 121-123. The
others are a Mooney and a Cessna Caravan. “We encourage everyone to
take a look at this great airplane and the other TKS-equipped aircraft
we also have on display.”
For more information, visit the company’s
exhibit, Booth 121-123, or its website www.WeepingWings.com.