Sandpoint, Idaho (January 21, 2016) - Tamarack Aerospace Group, Inc. announced today that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Tamarack’s ATLAS™ Active Winglet system for the Cessna (model CE525) CitationJet and its variants, the CJ, CJ1, and CJ1+. EASA certification for the Cessna M2 will follow in 2016.
US certification by the FAA for all four variants is expected by this summer.
“This technology is truly game-changing. ATLAS™ Active Winglets set a new standard and are two to three times more efficient than previous designs,”
said Nick Guida, Tamarack Aerospace founder and ATLAS™ Active Winglet creator.
“We at Tamarack design and build beautiful, revolutionary aircraft winglets that are not only easy to install but also create performance and fuel efficiencies that are unsurpassed by anything in the industry today.”
Winglets—the small upturned sections at the end of an airplane’s wings—hold the key to increasing aircraft fuel efficiency. The downsides of Passive (traditional) Winglets include compromised winglet size, a payload penalty related to the addition of requisite strengthening structure, and additional costs and downtime required to open wings for the installation of the added structure.
Tamarack’s ATLAS™ Active Winglet technology incorporates a load alleviation device. As a result, the ATLAS™ system allows winglets to be designed to maximize fuel savings. These savings are not compromised by winglet size or shape for reasons of wing loads and added structure. With Active Winglets, no additional strengthening structure or opening of the wings is needed. So downtime and costs of installing ATLAS™ Active Winglets is considerably less than required for traditional winglets.
Certification of Tamarack Aerospace’s Active Winglet technology culminates a three year effort that included more than 300 hours of test flights on its testbed aircraft N86LA, a straight CJ C525-0012, built in 1992. During that time the jet has consistently flown at max takeoff weight to its ceiling limit of FL410 in around 30 minutes or less. At max continuous thrust, the block fuel burn on these flights averaged an amazing 96 gallons per hour. Tamarack’s ATLAS™ equipped CJ set an unofficial World Record flying 1,853nm non-stop while landing with required fuel reserves, after a 6 hour, 16 minute flight with only a 26kt tail wind. The ATLAS™ Active Winglet system increases aircraft stability and smooths out the bumps of inflight turbulence. The ATLAS™ system will also allow an increase in max zero fuel weight as well as provide better high/hot takeoff performance.
Deposits are now being taken for all US and European registered aircraft. Installations will be handled exclusively at Textron Aviation Service Centers.