The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a supplemental type certificate to B/E Aerospace for a novel pneumatic de-icer for the Piper Navajo and Beech King Air 200. Ice Shield was developed by SMR Technologies of Fenwick, West Virginia, which B/E acquired in early August. It complements SMR's Ice Shield propeller de-icers and is designed to reduce installation time and increase durability compared with existing de-icers. Edge Guard, a proprietary sealing technology, enhances aerodynamic transition, claims SMR, which is now pursuing STCs for "all popular propeller-driven aircraft".

Source: Flight International