Seattle-based Aviation Partners Inc. continues to bask in the success of its fuel-saving and performance-enhancing blended winglets, spreading the word here that they are now flying on almost 300 Falcon 2000-, 900- and 50-series aircraft, and that a new variant, the split scimitar, has been certified for -800 jets, including the BBJ2.
API’s high-Mach blended winglets, initially announced for the Falcon 2000 series at EBACE in 2007 and certified in May 2009, are now-approved for all Falcon 2000-, 900- and 50-series aircraft, and -approved for all 2000- and 900-series aircraft. The nearly 300 Falcons with API winglets include both retrofits and factory-new LX/LXS/S models.
“In just five years since the first winglet STC for a Falcon model was received, almost 40% of the in-service Falcon 2000-series fleet, and approximately 20% of the 900 fleet, is now sporting blended winglets,” said sales and marketing VP Gary Dunn.
API says that the high-Mach winglets for Falcon jets reduce drag and provide a corresponding range increase of 5% to 7% at typical intermediate- to long-range cruise speeds. They reduce operating costs and carbon emissions, “provide a dramatic visual enhancement” and increase airframe resale value, API says.
API (Booth 5917) says that lead time for a delivery position is running about four weeks, and, “given the number of new sales so far in 2014, this is unlikely to change soon; as such, Falcon owners looking to upgrade should commit early.”
Installation on Falcons is available fromat Le Bourget, via TAG Aviation here in Geneva, and at Dassault, Duncan, StandardAero and West Star locations in North America.
For Boeings, API’s new SSW – split-scimitar winglet – will provide a drag reduction and corresponding range increase, of 2.5% to 3.0% over current blended winglets. This translates to a range increase of 200 nm or more. “The upgrade will essentially give a BBJ with seven aux tanks the range of an eight-aux-tank airplane,” says VP Dunn.