Hawthorne, California. (October 17, 2022) – Ampaire and Tamarack Aerospace Group have entered into an MOU to develop further aerodynamic upgrades for Ampaire’s family of hybrid electric aircraft. This includes exclusive access to Tamarack’s Performance SMARTWING™ winglets on all alternative energy variants of the 208 Caravan, Twin Otter, and King Air aircraft.
Joint development work has already commenced, with analysis validating synergies between Tamarack’s Performance SMARTWING™ sustainability supporting load alleviation technology and Ampaire’s hybrid electric propulsion technology. Tamarack’s game-changing upgrade that dramatically increases fuel efficiency and range, smooths flight, and improves the ability to take off and land on shorter runways regardless of high/hot conditions and payload will offer customers the option of further enhancing performance and operating cost savings on Ampaire’s hybrid electric Eco Caravan, Eco Otter, and Eco King Air. Tamarack Performance SMARTWING™ is also compatible with conventional versions of the 208, Twin Otter, and King Air, as well as Cessna CitationJets.
“Tamarack’s technology is a great match with Ampaire’s hybrid propulsion system, as both work synergistically to upgrade the performance and economics of the proven aircraft operated by our customers,” said Ampaire CEO Kevin Noertker. Tamarack’s CEO Nick Guida agreed, stating, “Tamarack’s Performance SMARTWING™ technology has demonstrated substantial aerodynamic improvements on multiple platforms including 160 upgraded CitationJets, and our goal aligns closely with Ampaire’s to make every aircraft more efficient and sustainable.”
Tamarack is in active talks with the first three pre-sales purchasers of two King Air airframes. Orders involve a King Air 200 and 350 upgrades with Performance SMARTWING™ technology. Tamarack has also received positive feedback from civilian and military operators about the King Air series, and we expect orders for a King Air 200 and a King Air 350 upgrade within coming months.
As reported earlier in 2022, Tamarack has flown both the King Air 200 and King Air 350 with the Performance SMARTWING™ upgrade. Flight trials have demonstrated the benefits of increased endurance and payload, high/hot take-off abilities, extended loiter time, and safer, more stable flight.
Tamarack’s founder and CEO Nick Guida is enthusiastic about the future of what will be a growing King Air fleet that will also be a door opener for single aisle and transport upgrades. “There are currently approximately 2-thousand King Air 200’s and a similar number of King Air 350’s in operation today on missions for private business and in the military. Based on interest, we know there is a robust sales universe waiting for our Performance SMARTWING™ upgrade.”
Tamarack has their King Air 350 with the Performance SMARTWING™ upgrade installed on exhibit in the NBAA static display, location 308.
• A major carrier about narrow body upgrade testing and the certification process for their fleet of A320’s
• A major regional jet OEM
• The US military and defense contractors for modifying large transport and possibly King Airs (for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions)
• Additionally, Tamarack signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oxi-Zen Solutions company that is the first aviation company to balance CO2 emissions through blockchain verification technology
Aviation Charity Participation
Tamarack has donated the BACE indoor booth space 1770 to Mercy Medical Angels. Several of our customers donate their time to this wonderful charity that transport patients in need from their homes to hospitals and back – all for free.
Tamarack has also been supporting The Bob Hoover Society and its revitalization efforts to enhance aviation ethics and education.
Los Angeles-based Ampaire was formed in 2016 with a mission to become the world’s most-trusted developer of practical, compelling electric aircraft. The company is upgrading existing passenger aircraft to hybrid electric power –the quickest, most capital efficient approach to making commercial electric
air travel a reality with available technology. Ampaire has scored a series of industry firsts since the 2019 maiden flight of its Electric EEL technology testbed aircraft. In May 2022, it began ground power runs of its Eco Caravan hybrid-electric upgrade of the Cessna Grand Caravan, slated for certification and service introduction in mid-2024. www.ampaire.com/press.
Tamarack Aerospace Group is an aircraft performance and sustainability-focused company revolutionizing business, defense, and commercial aftermarket winglets with its unique and patented load alleviation technology. These aftermarket modifications deliver double-digit fuel savings, payload increase, significant range increase, outstanding climb performance, ride smoothing, increased structural life, and increased safety and stability. Tamarack’s wing technologies provide a truly transformative
performance, making them the most cutting-edge aftermarket modifications available. Since structural reinforcement is not required, these modifications are lightweight and quick, and easy to install.www.tamarackaero.com.
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