Former NASA astronaut, commercial airline pilot and professor Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg has conducted a detailed evaluation of Tamarack's Active Winglet technology. Lichtenberg concludes: “Due to the synergies inherent in wingspan increase and winglets, plus an active load alleviation system, performance gains are notable. While the actual increases are dependent on the aircraft, mission and flight profile, field experience has shown up to a 33 per cent decrease in fuel burn in CitationJets. While the benefits for large turbojet aircraft will be in the 12 per cent to 18 per cent range, it is still considered significant.”
Tamarack CEO and founder Nicholas Guida adds: “After many news media outlets reported substantial benefits realised on more than 100 aircraft operating with Tamarack's Active Winglets, there were requests for an objective and reputable third-party aerospace expert to review the winglets' capabilities. We are very pleased that Dr. Lichtenberg affirms the unparalleled benefits of our revolutionary autonomous and instantly reactive to turbulence Active Winglet technology.”
Lichtenberg continues: “Tamarack's patented Active Winglets are the next generation winglets because they incorporate a dedicated load alleviation system that allows for not just a winglet, but an extension too, so aspect ratio is increased both geometrically and aerodynamically. This allows for a major aerodynamic efficiency increase on an existing fleet of aircraft without requiring major structural reinforcement and weight.”
Guida invented Active Winglets, and along with the Tamarack team, refined the first of its kind and the only Active Winglet technology enabling aircraft to use less fuel, fly further and increase safety margins with greater payloads and a more sustainable carbon footprint. Active Winglets are already installed on more than 100 jets.