by Matt Thurber
A Cessna CitationJet equipped with Tamarack Aerospace’s ATLAS™ (Active Technology Load Alleviation System) - Active Winglets - made an unofficial record-breaking trip from Sand Point, Idaho, to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., on Tuesday night. The Tamarack CJ(N86LA) is on display at today’s NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum at Westchester County Airport in White Plains. The nonstop 1,853-nm flight landed with reserves of 472 pounds after flying for six hours and 16 minutes.
Tamarack’s CJ is equipped with Active Winglets, which employ a Tamarack Active Camber Surface (TACS) actuator mounted near each winglet. The actuator drives small moveable surfaces mounted outboard on the wing trailing edge, near the winglets, that move to counteract and alleviate the load on the wing. The result is a much lower bending moment on the wing, allowing addition of winglets without having to beef up wing structure and thus providing more efficient flight characteristics.