Preliminary flight tests are revealing significant fuel savings with Active Winglets installed on the CitationJet.
Sandpoint, ID – Tamarack Aerospace Group (TAG) continues to show significant performance and efficiency gains on a CitationJet equipped with Active Winglets according to flight test data. In a number of flights starting at gross weight (10,400 lbs), the Tamarack test CJ has beaten the published times for climbing to 41,000 feet by significant margins.
The most recent flight from Dallas to Jackson Hole (a distance of 1,100 nm) used 2,400 lbs. of fuel. Starting at gross weight, an unmodified CJ would have burned 2,700 lbs. of fuel. Practically speaking, the flight would have required one re-fueling stop, taken an extra hour to reach the destination, and burned close to 3,200 lbs. of fuel. The ability to make the flight non-stop saved close to 800 lbs. of fuel under realistic operating conditions that included 50-knot headwinds.
TAG has observed similar savings on several other flights, validating the potential for significant fuel savings with Active Winglets. These are preliminary results with a prototype aircraft on which the Active Winglets are still being optimized.
Active Winglet kits are expected to be available for the Cirrus SR22 this spring and for the CitationJet in 2014. For more information visit: www.TamarackAero.com.