Therma-Wing (De-ice for your 172)
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (CAM) is extending its features beyond the breed. Because CAM is certifying for the Columbia 350 and 400 Northcoast technologies' electric deice system (announced a few years ago), Northcoast is now pursing STCs for the Baron, Bonnaza, 172 and 182. The system would not be certified for flight into known icing, but should a pilot accidentally encounter icing conditions, the wings, tail and prop would be protected. The complete system should be around $25,000 installed and should be available late next year. Meanwhile, if hot (not cold) is the problem, Northcoast also has an airconditioning system in the works for about $12,000.