Certification for FIKI
allows pilots of such aircraft to depart into conditions conducive to forming ice on an airframe.
system generally has to have two sources of power, an ice-inspection light, a heated stall-warning vane and heated static source(s).
In "Knowing Known Ice" in January, Lee Smith says "For aircraft lacking a FIKI
certification, that means steering clear of all forecast ice.
As with the inadvertent package, the new Cirrus FIKI
system has laser-drilled titanium leading edges on the wings, the horizontal stabilizer, plus prop protection.
If you fly a relatively new aircraft that is FIKI
certified, you should have some confidence in knowing that modern icing certification is a rigorous process which involves demonstrating safe flight in specific icing conditions, known in the regs as Appendix C Icing Conditions.
The Mirage owns a niche that no other piston single can compete with for comfort, pressurization, speed, FIKI
and efficiency--and the ramp presence is pretty nice, too.
CERTIFIED FOR ICE -- In GA, FIKI
certification doesn't mean as much as many pilots think.
Neither of these weights include the de-ice fluid, which is 10 gallons for about two hours of protection on the FIKI
Systems on the Cessna 210, Mooney and Diamond DA42 scored above average on effectiveness, both FIKI
The point is, with or without FIKI
equipment, pilots need to constantly evaluate how to safely conduct a flight--the precise point of your editorial remarks and, tragically, of a fatal airline accident in Buffalo.