Idaho-based Tamarack Aerospace Group comes to NBAA having enjoyed a busy year and with a newly rolled-out plan to generate further interest in its patented Atlas active winglet system for Cessna Citations. Compared with traditional, passive winglets, Tamarack’s units claim up to four times the efficiency in terms of fuel burn, together with performance gains and increased asset value.

“Active” because the wingtip extension incorporates load alleviation technology that eliminates the need for heavy structural reinforcement. This translates as increased range; a maximum zero fuel weight increase; reduced time to cruising altitude; increased climb gradients; improved single-engine climb performance; ride smoothing and stability; upgraded LED navigation and anti-collision lighting; and improved hot-and-high performance.

 With a view to stimulating further business, Tamarack has just announced a new customer referral program, whereby sales leads submitted through its website can be eligible for a $2,000 bonus – providing that the aircraft owner closes an install contract within 90 days of submission. The winglets are applicable to Cessna CitationJet CJ, CJ1, CJ1+, M2, CJ2, CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ3+ types under EASA, FAA, ANAC (Brazil) and Transport Canada STCs.

Brian Cox, president of Tamarack Aerospace, said, “Interest in our active winglet upgrade for CitationJets from aircraft maintainers and other aviation professionals has been remarkable, but obviously we can only support a finite number of authorized installers in our network. Our new customer referral program is a great way to energize and incentivize this ‘virtual sales team’ of friends, aircraft owners, pilots and FBOs.”

Broadening its worldwide reach, Tamarack announced in June that it had approved three new maintenance providers in Europe as authorized installers. These are Signature TechnicAir of Bournemouth, United Kingdom; Atlas Air, Bremen, Germany; and Prince Aviation, Belgrade, Serbia. They join Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska – appointed an agent in April and already boasting a CJ1 and CJ3 redelivered to owners as part of wider airframe upgrades.

The lighting improvements included in the Atlas upgrade are delivered by LoPresti Aviation’s high-intensity discharge (HID) BoomBeam lighting system. Also in June, Tamarack announced completion of its first customer installation of BoomBeam on a customer’s CitationJet, which was also receiving its active winglet upgrade. Tamarack now offers the enhanced LoPresti landing and taxi light kits as an option when it is modifying CitationJets at its Sandpoint, Idaho, factory.