MORE AIRPLANES TO OFFER ACTIVE WING LETS
Now that Tamarack Aerospace has achieved supplemental type certification from the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency and National Civil Aviation of Brazil for its Atlas active-winglet system for the Cessna Citation CJ, CJ1, CJ1+ and M2, the list of airframes on the slate to get the performance-enhancing installation is growing quickly. The STC for the CJ2, CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ3+ is nearly complete, and the process has begun for the Excel, XLS and XLS+, for which Tamarack CEO Nick Guida expects as much as “a 16 percent or greater range increase.”
The active winglets allow for wing extensions without additional structural support as they alleviate loads in flight. Major benefits of the active winglets include increased stability, fuel economy and hot and high performance, and the ability to climb quicker to the flight levels. Guida says the system is scalable and he is exploring adding them to commercial aircraft models where performance improvements could result in massive savings for the airlines.