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Can Joe do it again?

The man who made tall winglets de rigueur among airliners after beginning with the Boeing Business Jet, Joe Clark hopes to repeat that fuel-saving bit of avant aero style with the split scimitar. Essentially a ventral extension to his Aviation Partners, Inc. "blended winglet," the new appendage is being offered as an add-on mod. The cost? About $500,000-550,000.

He says the mod will improve fuel burn by about 2.5% and thus expects the airlines will be adapting it as well. Since there are about 5,000 Boeings now operating with API winglets, the opportunity for a repeat performance is looking good, and profitable.

API is expecting FAA approval in the very near future and hopes to deliver 800 units next year and 1,000 the year after.

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