The Airventure festival in Oshkosh, Wisc., always is a bustling hub for GA, experimental, vintage and military aircraft. However, it also sees its fair share of innovations in the realm of business aviation.
Aviation Partners, Inc., flew in and showed off a modified Falcon 50 test model during the 2010 event. The plane was on display in AeroShell Square throughout Airventure.
The test-model Falcon 50 is outfitted with a set of Spiroid Winglets that its designers hope will further reduce drag on an aircraft and lead to fuel savings, even more so than with other winglets currently on the market.
Spiroid winglets tested on a Gulfstream II produced initial results that indicated fuel consumption could be cut by as much as 10 percent in cruise flight by the wingtips.
The hoop-shaped spiroids resulted from a NASA-sponsored project that Aviation Week reported will include about 25 flights. Those working on the project told the magazine that a production model would be expected to weigh significantly less than other winglet options.
Having already produced blended winglets for the Falcon 900 and Boeing 767-300ER, Aviation Partners notes on its web site that the products have reduced global carbon dioxide emissions by more than 22.5 million tons and reduced fuel consumption by 2.2 billion gallons.