RejeX was named for its ability to "reject" uv, bug splats, bird poop, jet exhaust and other common contaminants. read the chilling account of how one pilot credits rejex for repelling something far more serious: ice!
On October 29, 2011, I made one of my usual departures from Waukegan Airport in Chicago, Illinois. I planned on climbing to 13,000 feet to get on top of a storm cell. En route, I entered the cell at 10,000 feet knowing there would be some ice the cell. Even though I knew my plane would probably pick up a little ice before getting on top, I figured I could safely transition a few thousand feet of altitude inside the cell.
Not the case! I got out on top with more ice than my aircraft could handle!! As soon as I broke free of the cell, my airspeed had dropped to a point where my autopilot disengaged. If that wasn't problem enough, the engine stopped running due to my air intake being clogged with snow, ice and freezing rain. At that point, the aircraft started losing altitude, and I went right back into the freezing rain and snow. Within 30 seconds, I lost total control of the airplane, and it went into a spin. No control input I tried had any effect. Knowing I was heading for the bottom of Lake Michigan, my thoughts were of my wife and how it was gonna feel when I hit.
Then at 7,000 feet, the engine restarted somehow, but I knew I probably still had too much ice on my aircraft. All the sudden, I regained control and was able to engage the autopilot again. Looking out my left side window, while I could still see some ice on the inboard leading edge of the wing, I was stunned to see the rest of the wing was completely clean and free of ice! I used my cell phone to take the attached photographs.
I am 100% convinced that if I didn't have a fresh coat of your RejeX on my wing, I wouldn't be here today telling you this story!
I'm a commercial instrument rated pilot with 2100 hours.