Patented Active Winglet technology controls wing loads, increases range and saves fuel
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Las Vegas, NV, October 10th, 2017
Tamarack Aerospace Group announced today at the annual National Business Aircraft
Association Convention a new variant of their 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.
“This is a natural progression for Tamarack” said Nick Guida, Founder and CEO of Tamarack
Aerospace. “We have been working on new technology for several years but have waited for the
patents to mature. Building on the success of ATLAS for CitationJets, we are announcing some
of our technologies that will bring the same benefits, and more, to air transport. The Commercial
Active Winglet we are demonstrating at NBAA, has three of the new features that allow us to
actively control wing loading, and thus efficiency.”
“First, the winglet can adaptively adjust its toe angle inwards and outwards according to flight
conditions, maintaining optimization throughout the entire flight, rather than for only a single point
in the sky. Second, 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.
Basically, we can actively control wing loading, wing twist, and with the speed of our actuators,
even aerodynamic flutter. Lastly, 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.”
Justin Ryan, President of Tamarack Aerospace, added “The benefits to Airlines and Military
transport operators are pretty clear: our Commercial Active Winglet can deliver fuel savings, direct
climbs to higher initial altitudes, reduced load and fatigue on the wings, greater range and new
potential city-pairs, all without the excess structural weight of passive winglets. 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. We have our fully functional engineering example of the Commercial
Active Winglet at the show, booth 936, and we’d encourage people to come see this innovative
technology for themselves.”
About Tamarack Aerospace:
Idaho based Tamarack Aerospace Group Inc. invented and patented the revolutionary Active
Winglet system. Tamarack’s certified Active Winglets are three to four times more efficient than
passive (traditional) winglets. The Active Winglet system typically provides a reduction in fuel
burn, performance gains and increased asset value. The Active Winglet system is comprised of
a wing tip extension, a highly tuned winglet, and load alleviation technology. The load alleviation
system counteracts gust or maneuver wing loading events and eliminates the heavy wing
reinforcement and structural additions required by all passive winglets.
Tamarack Active Winglets are the only aerodynamic technology on the market today that can
reduce time to climb and fuel burn, while increasing range and aircraft stability, without any
structural reinforcement, yielding significant time and cost savings. Tamarack Active Winglets
are approved via EASA, ANAC and FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation on
the Cessna CJ, CJ1, CJ1+ and M2 business jets. Certifications pending on the CJ2/CJ2+ and
CJ3/3+ are projected for 1Q18.
To view more information on Tamarack Active Winglets please see or
visit us at NBAA Las Vegas, North Hall Booth 936.
Media contact: Paul Hathaway, VP of Marketing, Tamarack Aerospace Group.