ATLAS active winglets made by Tamarack Aerospace Group Inc. not only save fuel, but add every dollar of their cost to the resale value of various Cessna Citation jets. That is according to the aircraft valuation guide Vref, a valuation that Tamarack announced Sept. 12.
The active winglets reduce fuel burn by about 20 percent, Tamarack noted in a press release, citing hundreds of hours of flight test data obtained in a Cessna Citation CJ equipped with the winglets. The winglet modification is already approved in Europe and is being evaluated for FAA supplemental type certification for various models of Citation jets.
Cox, in the press release, celebrated the Vref valuation of the winglet retrofit adding 100 percent of the system’s cost to the aircraft’s value.
“This is great news for owner operators who can genuinely view Active Winglets [as] an investment for which they will see immediate returns on every flight, with the significant reduction in fuel burn,” Cox said in the news release. “Longer term, with the increased range provided by the winglets, a reduction in airframe and engine cycles will reduce maintenance costs too, and should they decide to sell the aircraft still receive 100 percent of their investment back.”
Tamarack has secured EASA approval for active winglet installations on CJ, CJ1, CJ1+, and M2 models, with FAA approval expected near the end of 2016.