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A Synthesized Approach to Sustainability

Tamarack® Aerospace Group was founded with one mission in mind: to provide a real-world step change advancement in aerospace efficiency technology. We exist to provide significant sustainable aviation solutions for the future of the industry and the world. But we cannot do it alone.

Tamarack has created the next-generation winglet, the Active Winglet, designed to reduce up to 33% of fuel consumption without compromising the structural integrity of a wing.

While our fuel-saving technology and products offer the largest single-aircraft efficiency modification on the planet, we recognize that this innovation is only as strong as the community belief to fly sustainably. This starts not only with Tamarack’s efforts, but with a combined effort from other key experts in aerospace.

Working Together for the Future

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, and experts in all fields are looking to solutions. With many commercial aircraft grounded as air travel continues to suffer throughout the pandemic, we can take this time to work together for a future where flying is truly clean.

“The coronavirus crisis is already doing significant damage around the world,” shared Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. “Rather than compounding the tragedy by allowing it to hinder clean energy transitions, we need to seize the opportunity to help accelerate them.” The COVID-19 Crisis has certainly affected the aviation industry, the degree to which is not yet clear – but it has also yielded a dramatic drop in aviation travel with a correlated decrease of environmental emissions during this time.

Historically, the most visible and sustainable wing technology has been the introduction of passive winglets. This modification began appearing on commercial aircraft in the 1990’s and has remained virtually unchanged for nearly three decades. Passive winglets improve aircraft climb and reduce drag, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by three to five percent. The global implementation of passive winglets has saved over ten billion gallons of aviation fuel,  which is an impressive impact - but not nearly enough to sustain the future of the industry.

We are proud to bring an immediate and groundbreaking solution to the arena. Tamarack’s innovative engineering has yielded the revolutionary Active Winglet System, an astounding efficiency solution and substantial contribution to the sustainability of the aerospace industry. The results obtained by the Active Winglet System are desperately needed in the commercial aviation industry and the world today.

Active Winglets can be developed for commercial aircraft and provide a 14% to 16% reduction in harmful greenhouse emissions – a rate three to five times greater than the historical benefit of passive winglets, which have not significantly improved for decades. As champions of the aviation industry, it is our greatest responsibility to pioneer workable solutions with urgency. As in right now, today.

Reaching Our Goals

This year, the U.N. reported that commercial air traffic was responsible for more than 919 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2019. This contributed to approximately 2.5% of all global CO2 emissions last year, while commercial air traffic CO2 emissions have increased 32% in the last five years. This number could triple by 2050 if the industry doesn’t work together to implement changes that will curtail this trend. The International Council on Clean Transportation found that emissions from air travel may be increasing more than 1.5 times faster than the U.N. estimates.

These numbers are daunting indeed, and another U.N. report indicates that that the aviation industry already faces major challenges meeting their own internal emission reduction targets. Some sectors of aviation have executed modest efficiency gains, but the impending demand for air travel is outstripping these gains. So, whether by governmental regulation or interest group, a significant change must occur as soon as possible.

Many solutions being considered are currently low-impact when considering the massive results that we need to obtain, but we strongly believe that sustainability should be practiced both in large and small efforts. For instance, many have implementation in-flight recycling programs, or have begun of tree-planting as a means of carbon offsetting.  In addition, some are initiating carbon removal opportunities via wetland restoration, grassland conservation and marine and soil capture, along with other negative emissions technologies.

Larger-scale, longer-range efficiency solutions under investigations promise a future that Tamarack believes in, a future of industry collaboration and innovation. These efforts include the development of advanced engines, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, increased aerodynamic aircraft design, and hybrid and electric propulsion. Tamarack anticipates a future where regular aircraft possess these technologies in order to fly as sustainably as possible. Every day brings new and exciting technology to the industry, proving that we must work together to accomplish our sustainability goals.