Tamarack winglets to be re-installed on grounded jets

posted on 30th July 2019 by William Hayes
Tamarack winglets to be re-installed on grounded jets

Aircraft parts manufacturer Tamarack Aerospace has begun re-installing its trademark Atlas active winglets on grounded aircraft, following the decision of aviation authorities to re-authorise the part for use.

The company filed for bankruptcy in June following the airworthiness directives (AD) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The directives grounded Cessna Citation jets with the winglets equipped, as malfunctioning of the feature had caused difficulty for pilots in several separate incidents.

“In the last few weeks, Tamarack has taken three deposits and scheduled two installations with more sales in the pipeline,” said Tamarack CEO Nick Guida. “We are also working with our nine U.S. and seven international service centers to support their sales and installation efforts.”

The first new installation of the Atlas winglets was carried out on a Cessna Citation CJ1 at the company’s Sandpoint, Idaho facility, with CJ2s, and CJ3s also set to be updated after the emergency directives halted further installations earlier this year.

“The fact that the resolution to the AD was incorporating the preexisting Service Bulletins (SB) we provided to customers at no cost starting 18 months ago is an example of our commitment to safety and to our customers,” Guida added.