I can visualize the news copy…“GA pilot deliberately flys new airplane into icing conditions over Lake Erie to test uncertified icing system. Picks up a load of ice and falls out of the sky, killing the pilot.” The story expresses the tragedy of the accident and the sadness of the family and friends, etc.
Then, there is the quote about the victim being such a good pilot.
I am appalled at your admission of deliberately flying into icing conditions looking for ice to test your TKS system.
Are you crazy or just plain stupid?
Certainly, you must be a young bold pilot because history proves there are no old bold pilots.
Are you in that group of pilots who have no fear, no quams and no experience; and, therefore have not yet been scared?
Have you thought about the effects of ice, then crashing and burning?
Do you believe that you will always have a viable escape plan from an ice encounter?
Are you aware of how quickly and severely ice can change the stall speed and flight characteristics of your airplane?
What “outs” are there over mountainous terrain if altitude and airspeed can’t be maintained?
Where do you go, and how do you get to your “out” when the airspace is below minimums or woxof?
Why would a pilot accept the risk of take off in freezing temperatures, a 200 foot overcast ceiling and climb through a 8000 foot layer to on top conditions in a Cirrus airplane uncertified for flight into known icing conditions?
Why are you willing to put yourself into these icing conditions?
Whose insurance policy pays death benefits or aircraft repairs if an FAR is intentionally violated?
Are you willing to endanger the lives and well being of your family and friends?
Are you willing to make your spouse a widow or widower?
Are you willing to take one or both parents away from their children?
I am an “old” pilot happily flying my SR20, but I have a “few” hours of experience after flying 33 years for a major airline in the DC-6, Caravelle, B-727, DC-8, DC-10 and the B-747-400.
I am also a current CFI, I & ME.
I have experience in all kinds of ice. Know that ice is BAD!!
It can kill you, and it will if you continue your disrespect for icing conditions.
Remember, that the best kind of ice is cube size in a cocktail.
Next time you consider flight into icing conditions, be prepared to answer the following questions:
*Am I willing to accept an enforcement action for violation of the POH prohibition of flight into known icing conditions?
*What will I say at the NTSB hearing?
*What will I say to the FAA investigator?
Would I flly this flight with an FAA inspector on board?