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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.
Meet Dr. Scott Sayre, D.D.S., a USAF Colonel with over 50 years of flying on the books and a refined expertise to match. He has a Master of Science in Human Factors, which is a significantly overlooked, but critical, aspect of flight safety. Dr. Sayre has joined us this week to discuss the importance of human factors in everyday flight.
Human factors play into flight at all times, directly affecting the quality and safety of every mission. In fact, anything that a pilot interacts with in their environment is considered a human factor. When working with human factors, the goal is to ensure that the given environment and flight parameters are as comfortable and navigable as possible in order to alleviate stress on the pilot.
In the interest of safety and continuous improvement, Tamarack offers the following discussion regarding the chain of events that resulted in the April 13, 2019 incident.
On April 13, 2019, an Active Winglet failure occurred in the UK, which initiated an uncommanded roll in-flight. No damage or injuries were sustained. After the subsequent investigation, we now understand that while an Active Winglet failure did occur, the pilot report contained inaccuracies that ultimately grounded the fleet for a short time.
The new East Coast Transformation Center is intended to provide accessible factory installation of Active Winglets to the eastern United States and South America. These services are already offered at the Tamarack West Coast Transformation Center in Sandpoint, Idaho and the Tamarack European Transformation Centre in Oxford, England. Tamarack also offers Active Winglet service through twenty additonal Authorized Service Centers across the US, South America, and Europe.
Tamarack is positioned among the current aerospace innovators working to provide a realistic and sustainable future of flying. Today, industry discourse points toward a synthesized effort to take on the climate crisis, with experts in all fields looking to solutions.
Oxford, UK – Tamarack® Aerospace is thrilled to announce the first series of Active Winglet installations on three Cessna Citation Jets at the new Tamarack European Installation Centre based at the London-Oxford Airport, United Kingdom. These installations mark the beginning of the company’s long held expansion goals and signals yet another exciting phase of growth for Tamarack after increasing the number of service centres in the U.S. and expanding its headquarters facilities in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Landing and staying on the runway require a team effort from both airplane and pilot. When preventing excursion accidents or incidents, Active Winglets can provide an ideal landing with a plenty of runway and fuel to spare – plus a happy, safe pilot.