February 27, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
A Cessna CitationJet equipped with Active Winglets by Sandpoint, Idaho-based Tamarack Aerospace Group has beaten the aircraft’s published climb performance to 41,000 feet by significant margins and confirmed the kit’s potential to save fuel, the company said, citing flight-test data.
During a recent 1,100-nautical mile test flight from Dallas to Jackson Hole, Wyo., a test aircraft saved 800 pounds of fuel over the route by being able to make the flight nonstop under “realistic operating conditions that included a 50-knot headwind,” Tamarack said in a news release.
Those and other test results are “validating” the fuel-saving potential of Active Winglets, expected to be available for the CitationJet in 2014, the company said. The winglets are expected to increase range and useful load, improve short-field performance, and lower the aircraft’s carbon emissions.
Winglet kits for the Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft are expected to become available in spring 2013, Tamarack said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
Cessna Aircraft staff gathered around the first production Citation Latitude to celebrate another step toward certification of an aircraft important to the firm’s future.
New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.
A California charter school has teamed up with a glider school to give students a potentially life-changing opportunity.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>