All posts tagged '2012'

TAMARACK’S ACTIVE WINGLETS SCORE HIGH AT NBAA

 

Orlando, FL – Six months ago no one was differentiating Active Winglet from Passive Winglet technology. However Tamarack Aerospace Group has successfully added the terms to our aviation lexicon. Following the introduction of a Cirrus SR-22 with Active Winglets at the AOPA Summit, the innovative engineering company brought a Cessna Citation recently upgraded with Active Winglets to the NBAA convention and found itself in a whirlwind of demonstrations, explanations and numerous meetings with aircraft manufacturers.

“We can’t reveal the results of those meetings or who they were with,” said Nick Guida, CEO of Tamarack, “but we are very optimistic about the future of Active Winglets.”

Tamarack personnel flew from their factory in Sand Point, Idaho to Orlando in their upgraded CitationJet, climbing out of KICT (1,300’ MSL) at gross to 41,000’ in 30 minutes. After refueling in KMGM (241’) they got back up to 41,000’ in 32 minutes. The book calls for 43 minutes and typical time to climb to FL 410 is 55 minutes. Formal flight testing is just getting underway and Tamarack expects to record some significant changes in performance with the added wingspan and Active Winglets. The upgrade adds four feet of wingspan.

Tamarack Aerospace expects to complete their STC program for the Cirrus in early 2013 and is on track to complete the Citation before the end of 2013. They have started taking $10,000 deposits (fully refundable) for Citation orders. The pre-STC price for the Citation is $196,000 and it is expected that installation for the Active Winglets will take approximately 160 hours.

“We expect to make significant inroads with Active Winglets in the coming year, and in a decade we expect they’ll be standard on most high end, fixed wing aircraft,” said Guida. “The benefits of winglets have long been established. The problem with the old fashioned passive systems is that there is a phenomenal weight penalty arising from the additional structure required to offset bending loads. Those loads can exceed design limits. With Active Winglets, which feature Tamarack Active Control Surfaces (TACS), the bending loads don’t develop. They’re almost instantly counter balanced, meaning the heavy structure will be left on the factory floor.”

For more information on Active Winglets and other Tamarack products, visit www.TamarackAero.com or call Brian Willett at 855-I-FLY-TAG (435.9824); overseas: 1.208.255.4400.

PHOTO CAPTION: Reaction at NBAA to the CitationJet with Active Winglets was positive and enthusiastic.
 

NBAA Wraps Up 'Highly Successful' 2012 Convention

Article by: www.aero-news.com
Over 25,000 Reportedly Attended The Show

The NBAA has wrapped up its 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), which Association President and CEO Ed Bolen termed “a very good show.”

“Attendees and Exhibitors at this year’s show have told us that it was a very strong event, despite its timing alongside Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the East Coast, and a temporary flight restriction for the Orlando area late on Sunday evening and Monday morning before the show,” Bolen said. “We’re delighted that, especially given those challenges, Convention participants reported strong traffic on the exhibit floor and at the aircraft static displays, along with a high level of enthusiasm among Attendees.”

Bolen pointed to several figures illustrating the strength of this year’s Convention:
  • The show closed with 25,150 people in attendance, a number comparable to the final Attendee total of 26,077 for the 2011 Convention, and to the final Attendee total of 24,206 for the 2010 event.
  • The number of Exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center was 1,073; booth spaces totaled 4,361, an increase over last year’s booth-space total.
  • A total of 105 aircraft were shown on two separate static displays, and an additional four aircraft were shown inside the convention center.
  • The show drew Attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 87 countries.

“By every measure, the 2012 show was a solid success,” Bolen said. “It’s also clear that, when you look beyond the numbers, the Convention delivered a lot of value to participants.” Bolen pointed to several examples as illustrative of his point, including:

  • Standing-room only general sessions that opened the show’s first two days, featuring celebrated legends in aviation, leaders in government, noteworthy figures in politics and media, and others.
  • A full roster of education sessions held throughout the week, many of which focused on emerging trends, including the use of iPads in aircraft cockpits, and developments related to business aviation in Asia.
  • A Convention-week Light Business Airplane Conference, with sessions specifically tailored to entrepreneurs and companies using light business airplanes, accompanied by a Single-Pilot Safety Standdown focused on business aviators.
  • A Career Day featuring keynote speaker Barrington Irving – the youngest person and first African American pilot to fly solo around the world – who inspired young people to identify and pursue their dreams through aviation.
  • A benefit event that raised $371,000 to support the Corporate Angel Network’s mission to provide transport for cancer patients to treatment centers aboard business aircraft.
  • The industry’s enthusiastic response to six new advertisements featuring real-world accounts of people in the business aviation community to demonstrate its size, diversity and importance. The ads were introduced at the Convention as part of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
  • A welcome new study, commissioned by NBAA, which concludes that more companies began using business aviation during the “Great Recession” than did so beforehand, and that companies using a business airplane were better inoculated from the recession’s impact than similar companies that did not use business aviation.
  • The support shown by Convention participants for a continued advocacy focus, including an ongoing commitment to defeat proposals for implementing per-flight user fees for general aviation.
“The business aviation community’s confidence and focus on the future was much in evidence at this year's Convention,” Bolen said. “We are pleased that our show continues to be central to the industry’s forward-looking perspective, and we thank everyone who made the show the success it was.”

(Images provided by NBAA. Top: Ed Bolen speaks at the opening session. Bottom: Static display.)
FMI: www.nbaa.org

Cessna Introduces A New Citation Sovereign

Article by: www.aero-news.com
New Avionics, New Engines In The Latest Of The Line

Cessna has introduced the latest variant of its Citation Sovereign line at the NBAA convention in Orlando, and announced that the "Citation X" will live on.

“This year, we are thrilled with the steps we have taken to deliver what our customers want and need,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna President and CEO. “These innovations further underscore our commitment to bring cutting edge aircraft and service to market for today and tomorrow and to exceed our customers’ expectations year after year.”

The New Citation Sovereign now delivers increased range, updated technologies and enhanced capabilities. Features of the airplane, currently on display at NBAA include:

  • New cockpit with Garmin G5000 avionics suite
  • Increased range by 150 nm, boosting the New Citation Sovereign total range to over 3,000 nm
  • Powered by the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engine
  • New cabin amenities including the integrated Cessna Clarity cabin management system, in addition to improved seat design
  • Improved short runway performance
  • Integrated automatic throttles
  • Winglets have been added, giving the aircraft a distinct appearance and an aerodynamic boost
  • Improved ground cooling performance

Line flow has already started on the New Citation Sovereign, and entry into service is expected in the early third quarter of 2013. The new Sovereign will also be available with a utility configuration, with options to carry payload, people, or both, depending on the mission requirements.

Meanwhile the Citation X name will live on. When the plans were drawn to improve on the Citation X systems and performance, that aircraft was to be called the “Citation TEN”. Through the design and certification process, the Citation TEN has claimed the title of world’s fastest business jet, but customers have told Cessna that they prefer the new aircraft retain the Citation X name.

“You can see customer input present throughout the entire process,” said Roxanne Bernstein, senior vice president of Marketing. “We’ve implemented customer input with various designs, we value customer feedback with services, and we also listen to the customer when it comes to guidance with naming our aircraft. Customers value the performance and system improvements with the updated aircraft, the fact that the new Citation X is the world’s fastest business jet with a top speed of Mach 0.935, and they value the original name. So Cessna has decided that, moving forward, this aircraft will be called the new Citation X.”

Cessna also reinforced the company’s activities tied to the smart global growth strategy including opening Citation Service Centers in the United Kingdom and Spain. The company announced the first Cessna-owned Citation Service Center in the UK, located at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The newly-acquired 50,000-square-foot facility, rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service Centre, offers a wide range of services to Citation customers, from maintenance to modernization and paint. Previously known as Kinch Aviation Services, the business has operated for 15 years and been a Cessna authorized service facility for the past four years.

Cessna highlighted the grand opening of its new regional Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain. The 100,400-square foot (9,328-square meter), state-of-the-art facility is located at Valencia Airport (ICAO: LEVC) in eastern Spain, convenient for Citation customers across Western Europe and North Africa. The Center offers a one-stop shop for comprehensive repair, completion, fulfillment, maintenance and customization services.

In addition to Cessna’s extensive U.S. based network, Cessna now operates four Citation Service Centers in Europe, with Valencia and Doncaster complementing facilities in Paris, France, and Prague, Czech Republic.

(Images courtesy Cessna)
FMI: www.cessna.com

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