Winglet Technology of Wichita, Kan., introduced an elliptical winglet design specifically for the Hawker 200 and Premier I/IA light jets, and will offer the winglet for retrofit on existing Premier I/IA jets beginning in the first quarter of 2013, the company announced at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas.
“The winglets will improve the airplane’s aerodynamic performance across a broad range of operating conditions,” said Winglet Technology president Bob Kiser. “Once supplemental type certificate approval has been received, retrofits will be available at Hawker Beechcraft Services factory-owned centers.”
Winglet Technology’s patented elliptical shape ensures that lift distribution closely matches optimum lift distribution along the span of the wing, significantly reducing induced drag. The company previously received an STC for installation of the elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation X.