Cessna 206H Stationair - Icing

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I am getting ready for a next aircraft (over the next year). I
previously asked about the Diamond DA50. Now I am asking about the
Cessna 206 Stationair. These are the two aircraft I have at the top
of my list, at least for now.

My mission is to fly up to 4 people and 2 dogs from San Francisco,
CA, to places like Idaho, Reno, Las Vegas, Utah, and Canada (BC &

As I research the 206, I find that even with the heated prop option
and TKS after-market, it is not certified for flight into known
iciing. I realize that no GA aircraft is suitable for continued
flight in anything but light icing and maybe not even that, but
without FIKI certification, it is illegal (I think) to depart
through even a thin layer of icing if there is an AIRMET or PIREP
for icing.

I think my question is how big a deal is it that the 206 is not FIKI-
certified. Does anyone know why it is not certified? If it is just
because it lacks a second alternator, why doesn't Cessna just add
one? Finally, is there any STC one can get for the 206 so that it is
approved for FIKI?


-- Todd Ramming, January 17, 2010