Aviation Partners (Booth No. C8114), in cooperation with Boeing, is launching its new Split Scimitar Winglet program for Boing BBJs. Split Scimitar Winglets are already available for 737 NGs.
The Split Scimitar Winglet modifies the existing blended winglet on the BBJ by adding a Scimitar-tipped ventral strake, reinforced internal winglet structure and replacement of the aluminum winglet tip caps with more aerodynamically shaped Scimitar tip caps.
The changes yield a significant drag reduction over the original blended winglet on the BBJ, yielding a range increase of 2.5 to 3 percent or approximately an additional 200 nm. Aviation Partners expects certification of the Split Scimitar Winglet on BBJ, BBJ2 and BBJ3 aircraft next year. Conversion time should be approximately eight days and the modification is expected to cost $500,000 to $550,000. –M.H.