Former Astronaut Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg Provides Detailed Evaluation of Tamarack Active Winglets

(Sandpoint, Idaho) – Tamarack Aerospace Group is thrilled to announce that former NASA astronaut, commercial airline pilot and professor Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg has concluded a detailed evaluation of Tamarack’s revolutionary Active Winglet technology, and has made the evaluation available to the public.  

Overall, Dr. Lichtenberg concluded that “due to the synergies inherit in wingspan increase and winglets, plus an active load alleviation system, performance gains are notable. While the actual increases are dependent on the aircraft, mission, and flight profile, field experience has shown up to a 33 percent decrease in fuel burn in CitationJets. While the benefits for large turbojet aircraft will be in the 12 percent to 18 percent range, it is still considered significant.”

“After many news media outlets reported substantial benefits realized on more than 100 aircraft operating with Tamarack’s Active Winglets, there were requests for an objective and reputable third-party aerospace expert to review Tamarack’s Active Winglet’s capabilities,” says Tamarack CEO and Founder Nicholas Guida, “We are very pleased that Dr. Lichtenberg affirms the unparalleled benefits of our revolutionary autonomous and instantly reactive to turbulence Active Winglet technology.”

“Tamarack’s patented “Active Winglets” are the next generation winglets because they incorporate a dedicated load alleviation system that allows for not just a winglet, but an extension too - so aspect ratio is increased both geometrically and aerodynamically. This allows for a major aerodynamic efficiency increase on an existing fleet of aircraft without requiring major structural reinforcement and weight” says Dr. Lichtenberg.

You can read Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg’s full evaluation of Active Winglets and more of his biography and association with Tamarack here.

Tamarack CEO and Founder Nicholas Guida invented Active Winglets, and along with the Tamarack team, refined the first of its kind and the only Active Winglet technology enabling aircraft to use less fuel, fly further, and increase safety margins with greater payloads and a more sustainable carbon footprint. Active Winglets are installed on more than 100 jets, demonstrating Tamarack’s continued growth and global leadership in winglet technology and aviation Sustainability.  Please see more about Tamarack’s industry leading technology at: and Active Winglet news at:

About Tamarack Aerospace

Tamarack Aerospace Group has revolutionized aftermarket winglets with its Active Winglet technology. Until now, winglets have typically only delivered marginal performance benefits - but Active Winglets deliver double-digit fuel savings, payload increase, significant range increase, outstanding climb performance, ride smoothing, increased structural life, and increased safety and stability. Active Winglets are more than an upgrade – they are a total transformation.

Tamarack Active Winglet technology increases a wing’s aspect ratio without increasing the aircraft’s structural weight, making it the most cutting-edge next-generation winglet available. The ground-breaking technology provides a truly transformative for performance, and since structural reinforcement is not required Active Winglets are lightweight, quick, and easy to install.  Follow Tamarack on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About Dr. Lichtenberg

Astronaut Dr. Bryon K. Lichtenberg has received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Brown University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He also holds a Doctorate in bio-medical engineering from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.  Additionally, he has 23 years of experience flying Air Force fighter aircraft (F-4, F-100, A-10), and 19 years captaining the B-737 series for Southwest Airlines.  Dr. Lichtenberg has also flown on two Space Shuttle missions (STS-9 and 45) as a Payload Specialist astronaut. He has also spent time professing mechanical engineering at LeTourneau University.

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