Tamarack Aerospace Group Initial Response to NTSB Report Docket (May 6, 2021) Regarding Fatal Cessna Jet Accident– Location: Near Memphis, Indiana, November 30, 2018
Tamarack extends its deepest condolences to the families of Wayne Estopinal, Andrew Davis, and Sandy Johnson, who were killed in the November 30, 2018 aircraft accident in Memphis, Indiana. Deepest sympathies are also extended to the friends and colleagues affected by the tragic accident.
On May 6, 2021, the NTSB released factual information about the accident that analyzes the wreckage, and also includes among other things, specific consideration of components of the Tamarack Active Winglet installation. The NTSB’s released information also analyzes other factual data compiled during the investigation including available flight data, and an Aircraft Performance Survey compiled by NTSB.
Tamarack had access to some of the body of factual data when submitting the Party Submission which is included in the docket. Party submissions are a standard part of all investigations, providing the party members’ analysis of the factual data to supplement the NTSB’s final report. The Tamarack submission can be downloaded here.
Tamarack has fully cooperated with the NTSB during this investigation, after being invited to participate in May 2019. Today the public has access to the factual reports and other information used by the NTSB and the various party members that will be used to determine the probable cause of the accident. Per typical investigation procedure, this docket of information is being made available before the NTSB issues the Final Report. Tamarack continues to support the efforts of the NTSB and awaits the release of the NTSB Final Report.
Details about Active Winglet modification safety and aviation expert testimonials can be found on the Tamarack Website.
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Tamarack Active Winglets are known to provide unusually high efficiency gains for certain models of Cessna CitationJet, making the technology one of most immediately available carbon reduction solutions. Understandably, the potential of this technology has turned heads in the aviation industry as the Tamarack fleet continues to grow.
The performance enhancements and efficiency gains provided by Active Winglets are attributed to the technology’s structure; Active Winglets are not just a winglet, but a three-part system comprised of a wing extension, winglets, and load alleviation technology (ATLAS). Active Winglets increase an aircraft’s stability and decrease inflight turbulence, as well as allow an increase in MZFW. In addition, the technology provides better high/hot take off performance and most notably allows for longer nonstop trips with extra fuel reserve.
After news media saw substantial benefits realized on more than 100 aircraft operating with Tamarack’s Active Winglets, media sources have requested an objective and reputable aerospace expert to review Tamarack’s claims.
Former astronaut, fighter pilot, and commercial airline pilot Dr. Byron Lichtenberg was compensated by Tamarack for his time to review Tamarack’s claims about the capabilities of Active Winglets. Additional information about Dr. Lichtenberg can be found below.
The following white paper is his detailed evaluation of Tamarack Active Winglets.
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.
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.