Introducing the Commercial Active Winglet
Our Commercial Active Winglet is a new variant of our ATLAS® Active Winglets specifically designed and scaled for commercial and military transport aircraft.
The Commercial Active Winglet features several patented features which significantly enhance the performance of larger aircraft and allow us to actively control wing loading, and thus efficiency.
While passive winglets are designed for only a single point in the flight profile, the Commercial Active Winglet can adaptively adjust its toe angle inwards and outwards according to flightconditions, maintaining optimization throughout the entire flight
The TACS (Tamarack Active Camber Surface) can now not only instantly turn off the winglet when loads are detected, but it can also droop to control wing loading or twist for peak efficiency.
The two patents now act synergistically, such that the efficiency increases gained when they are both working together are greater than the sum of their individual contributions.
Commercial Active Winglet allows active control of wing loading, wing twist, and with the speed of our actuators, even aerodynamic flutter.
Additionally, the leading edge of the Commercial Active Winglet has a load alleviation device which prevents excess loads such as those experienced in a side gust event.
Instead of a passive winglet that is optimized for only one specific flight condition, the Commercial Active Winglet continuously adapts to provide operators with peak efficiency throughout the flight with a winglet that is 40% lighter.
The benefits to Airlines and Military transport operators are pretty clear: the Commercial Active Winglet can deliver fuel savings, direct climbs to higher initial altitudes, reduced load and fatigue on the wings, greater range and newpotential city-pairs, all without the excess structural weight of passive winglets.