Signature TechnicAir’s facility in Bournemouth completed its first installation of the Tamarack Aerospace Atlas winglet system on a Cessna Citation. The install, on a Citation CJ1, was also the first on a British-registered aircraft (G-LUBB), Tamarack said.
“It’s a high-quality kit that is far easier to install than traditional passive winglets because there is no structural reinforcement required in the wing,” said Signature TechnicAir MRO sales director Mark Larsen.
Along with the installation of the winglets, Signature TechnicAir completed major airframe maintenance on the aircraft. “It’s a win-win for our European customers to be able to have both services completed at the same time,” added Tamarack president Jacob Klinginsmith.
Approved for the CJ family up through the CJ3+, the winglets reduce time to climb and fuel burn while increasing range and aircraft stability. “Our customers appreciate the fuel efficiency, increased range, ride smoothing, stability, and improved performance as well as ramp appeal,” Klinginsmith said.
The announcement of the installation marks another positive step forward for the program, coming on the heels of moves by both the FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency to lift restrictions on the use of the Atlas winglet system.