MORE AIR­PLANES TO OF­FER AC­TIVE WING LETS

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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.

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