Military has begun flight-testing a modification to add winglets to the C295
medium transport and surveillance aircraft – one of a series of product
developments underway on the market-leading type. The winglets, which are short
extensions to the wingtips of the aircraft, have the potential to improve
performance in the take-off, climb and cruise phases of flight by increasing
the lift-drag ratio. Possible in-service benefits include improved hot and high
runway performance, increased range and endurance, and reduced operating costs.
flight of the wingletted aircraft took place with complete success at Airbus
Military’s Seville facility in Spain on 21 December.
from that flight is being analysed and will be added to data from future
flights, providing the basis for a decision on whether or not to incorporate
winglets into the C295 design.