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.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
A Florida flight school dove into airplane dealership when the opportunity to handle a new and aerobatic star came along last fall.
Italian twin-engine airplane manufacturer Vulcanair stepped into the single-engine certified aircraft market April 9 with the announcement of a 180-horsepower, four-seat single.
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