Tamarack-equipped King Air Proves Speedy to and from BACE

 - November 22, 2022, 10:27 AM
Tamarack was able to show off a SmartWing-equipped King Air 350 at NBAA BACE 2022 after a record-setting flight from Spokane, Washington to the show in Orlando. It was the first of two such record journeys bookending BACE. (Photo: David McIntosh/AIN)

Tamarack Aerospace this week submitted city-pair record claims for National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and European Federation Aeronautique International recognition involving flights of a SmartWing winglet-equipped King Air 350 to and from NBAA-BACE 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

The first city-pair record submitted was for a nonstop 2,032.8-nm flight from Spokane, Washington, to Orlando on October 16. That journey was accomplished in 7 hours 46 minutes, averaging a true airspeed (TAS) of 240 knots. At the end of BACE, the King Air flew west from Florida to Henderson, Nevada, covering 1,770.7 nm. With one stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the second flight faced headwinds and icing as it accomplished the mission in 8 hours 8 minutes with an average TAS of 295 knots.

Tamarack founder and CEO Nick Guida, who copiloted both trips, said the record claim demonstrates the benefits of the SmartWing winglet installation in terms of fuel savings, increased range, stability, flight smoothing, and associated safety benefits.

“The military is especially interested in our increased range and loiter time for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for smaller turboprops and large transport, and our upgraded King Airs boast features that additionally allow takeoffs and landings in high/hot conditions,” Guida said.

The record claims follow a previous recognition that won the NAA’s Most Memorable Aviation Records Award for a Jan. 26, 2021, nonstop flight from Portland, Maine, to West Palm Beach, Florida, in a Tamarack winglet-equipped CitationJet.

In addition to smaller aircraft, Tamarack has set its sights on larger modifications and said it is in “serious talks” with an airline for Airbus A320 modifications.