Aircraft modification company Tamarack Aerospace has released a new aftermarket winglet for civil and military aircraft – called Tamarack Performance Smartwing at NBAA-BACE 2021.
It is currently running demonstration and validation tests for the Smartwing – a new version of its existing Active Winglet load alleviation technology – on the King Air 200 series. This modification process is in partnership with aviation solutions provider Dynamic Aviation. The device is currently under review by US military and defence organisations.
The Smartwing adds about 8 ft of wingspan and helps to improve endurance and High/Hot takeoff performance. The King Airs could also expect increased climb capabilities.
Tamarack said the Smartwing modification is expected to replace the current King Air 200’s passive winglets, providing more significant fuel cost savings. Its Active Winglets have helped save up to 33% fuel burn on a fleet of about 150 Cessna Citation aircraft.
President Jacob Klinginsmith said: “Implementing new Tamarack sustainable technologies, like the Performance Smartwing into different aviation sectors, is a positive step toward sustainability efforts.”
Last month Tamarack joined the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Global coalition alongside over 25 members helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Performance Smartwing can be used alongside other sustainability measure, such as Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs). Tamarack aims to modify the King Air 350 series for assessment soon.
Read more about Tamarack’s synthesised approach to aviation sustainability in its 2021 white paper.