Cessna Aircraft (Booth 7091) has introduced a treatment to protect Citation jets based in Europe from the corrosive effects of potassium formate (CHKO2), the environmentally friendly but aluminum-hostile runway de-icer increasingly used across the region.
“The potassium formate de-icing situation affects all aluminum aircraft,” Joe Hepburn, the Wichita airframer’s senior v-p for customer service, told AIN. “Our customers have been very uncertain how that will affect them. As an OEM, we want to leave them with certainty about the future.”
The treatment is available under an enhancement to Cessna’s ProTech factory maintenance program, called ProTech+. The anti-corrosion procedure entails a thorough airframe inspection and application of Corban 23, a super-penetrating fluid that creates a protective barrier on the airframe. ProTech+ is available at Cessna’s factory-owned service centers in Doncaster (UK), Dusseldorf (Germany), Paris (France), Prague (Czech Republic) and Valencia (Spain).
“We are currently signing people up and providing incentives at our booth,” said Hepburn. “We are interested in providing this protection to customers and want to make it very attractive.”
The price of ProTech+ coverage is based on the Citation model, the number of hours flown annually and the hours since the aircraft’s last major inspection; Hepburn declined to provide any dollar figures. For airplanes covered by the ProTech+ program, Cessna will cover the costs of any parts that need replacement due to de-icing damage. Some 1,000 Citations are based in Europe, and Hepburn estimates operators of about 800 of them might join the program.