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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.
 

Vans To Offer Factory-Built RV-12

Article By: www.aero-news.net
FMI: www.vansaircraft.com

First Foray Into The Production Airplane World For The Legendary Kit Maker

Vans Aircraft announced at the AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, CA, that it is planning to offer a factory-built version of its RV-12 LSA beginning next year. The aircraft will be built by Synergy Air of Eugene, OR, which currently offers a builders assistance program for kit builders.

 The initial factory run will consist of 12 S-LSA airplanes with all the bells and whistles, offered as "Signature Edition" models. One of these first airplanes will set the buyer back $115,000, but the company expect to offer a base model in the future starting at about $105,000.

Vans has a fleet of some 7,900 kit-built airplanes flying, so offering a "ready-to-fly" aircraft is quite a departure for the company. Nearly 200 RV-12 kits have been completed and flown as EA-B or experimental LSA airplanes, and sales manager Gus Funnell said that experience provided the base of knowledge the company needed to make incremental improvement in the airplane for the S-LSA.

The airplane will be powered by a Rotax 100-hp ULS engine. A Dynon Skyview EFIS will be standard on the S-LSA, as will the Garmin SL-40 com radio, Flightcom stereo intercom, 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter, Flightline interior, and LED lighting. The "Signature Edition" airplanes will also come with wheel pants, ADS-B capability, two-axis autopilot, and other premium touches.

Offering the airplane as an S-LSA will allow flight schools to use the factory-built RV-12 for flight instruction, which is prohibited with kit-built airplanes. That will give those who still want to build the airplane from a kit an opportunity to get transition training in a similar airplane. While Vans founder and CEO Dick VanGrunsven said this wasn't the driving force behind the move to a factory-built airplane, as the president of the newly-formed Aircraft Kit Industry Association, he feels the increased measure of safety is a very important consideration.

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Watch the AOPA Summit live online

The AOPA is streaming live its annual summit, being held this week in Long Beach, Calif. Events today included Cessna CEO Jack Pelton speaking, as well as John and Martha King receiving a safety award from the association.

If the embedding worked properly, you can watch live coverage from the event at the top of this post, or you can head over to the AOPA web site, where you can also join a live discussion via your Facebook account.

Other highlights include forums on IFR challenges and aircraft ownership, in addition to static displays and an exhibit hall.   

The Lindbergh Foundation hosts a summit event Friday at 10 a.m. entitled, “Aviation, the Environment & the Future.”

Also, the Summit has a Twitter account here that is posting updates.

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