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Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Tamarack’s return to ground after the historic January 2021 Active Winglet Fly-Off!
Executive and VIP Aviation International Podcast Featuring Nick Guida, CEO/Founder of Tamarack Aerospace
Check out the NEW EVA Podcast hosted by Chris Notter, joined by Nicholas Guida, founder and CEO of Tamarack Aerospace Group.
Guida and Notter meet once again to discuss the power and potential of Active Winglet technology. From the original concept and structure of the technology to the application in-flight, Guida takes us through the history of the Active Winglet. Sustainable and fuel-saving technology meets incredible range benefits, plus increased comfort and safety.
Tune in for a first-hand listen into how this wave-making technology is now a reality.
The January 26th Active Winglet Fly-Off was officially a success! After months of coordination, many long hours, and some unpredictable factors on the day of the event, this event ultimately demonstrated the significant fuel savings for which Tamarack is known. Not only did the Active Winglet transformed aircraft (N44VS) make the East Coast trip without a stop, but it also used 155 gallons less fuel than the flat-wing aircraft! The historic flight pitted an unmodified CitationJet “flat-wing” (N741CC) against an Active Winglet transformed Citation down the east coast of the US. The day started off with a twist, thanks to a weather front hugging the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.
WEATHER PLAYED A BIG PART IN DRAMATIC FLY-OFF BETWEEN TAMARACK ACTIVE WINGLETS AND A FLAT-WING CESSNA
Tamarack CEO Nick Guida is proud of how the Active Winglets performed during the fly-off. “This was the first fly-off comparing an Active Winglet aircraft and a flat-wing aircraft operating under the same conditions,” he says. ”Active Winglet mods can result in up to 33% fuel savings, depending on weather conditions and other variables. Comparing these two flights, we saw about a 30% more efficient flight profile in terms of fuel consumption. As we saw yesterday, the Active Winglet competitor was unable to make the east coast trip without a stop, we couldn’t plan it safely. The Active Winglet transformed CitationJet (N44VS) was able to complete the trip without a fuel stop.”
And they are off! Today, Tamarack Aerospace is thrilled to kick off the highly anticipated Fly-Off between an unmodified CitationJet and a Tamarack-transformed CitationJet. This event is a real-world comparison between Tamarack Active Winglet performance on a Cessna CitationJet (N44VS), and a “flat-wing” CitationJet without Active Winglets (N741CC). The fly-off is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from Portland, Maine (PWM) to West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI). The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is documenting this weather-permitting event, with multimedia journalists aboard both aircraft. The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) will document the race for the potential setting of a record speed between this city pair in for this type of aircraft.
Good people make good business – that’s a philosophy I live by, and a rule to never forget when building an efficient and invested team. Tamarack has an incredibly unique and spirited company culture unseen among most technology companies, with a long list of quirks and a big personality. Our last decade of work in the aviation sustainability world has been a product of good old-fashioned teamwork and the incredible concept of Active Winglets – but the team within the work is the most critical aspect.
Tamarack’s Active Winglets are remarkable for their apparent simplicity and the performance gains they enable. Nicholas Guida, Founder & CEO, explains their benefits as the company opens a new Tamarack European Transformation Centre at the UK’s London Oxford Airport.
At Tamarack Aerospace, we refer to our Active Winglet installation process as a transformation. While this term might not be typical for aircraft modifications, we have always been anything but typical; our technology does not just slightly improve an aircraft, but completely transforms it into a new version of itself!
When Dr. Sayre acquired his CJ1 in 2018, he was already in touch with Tamarack Aerospace to discuss both his vision for the jet and the human factors benefits of Active Winglets. His new aircraft was transformed in October of the same year, providing Dr. Sayre the option to navigate both mild and critical situations with additional ease. “For instance, if you’ve lost an engine and the closest airport is at 3,500-foot strip, without [Active Winglets] you just don’t really feel that comfortable landing there,” he explains. “I can fly down at 85 knots, which is 8 to 10 knots slower than usual, and my plane is under control in 1,500 feet.” He points out that in the case of an emergency on a regular, flatwing aircraft, the pilot would have to make the same crucial and lifesaving decision without that extra margin of safety guaranteed by Active Winglets.