Jet Aviation installs split scimitar winglets



Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Basel has successfully installed its first pair of split scimitar winglets (SSWs) on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

Designed by Aviation Partners Inc. (API), the SSW retrofit was completed by Jet Aviation Basel through its EASA-approved supplemental type certification (STC).

SSW technology builds on the existing blended winglet design to increase range by more than 2%. The SSW design adds a new scimitar-tipped large ventral strake, reinforcing the internal wing and winglet structure, and replacing the winglet tips with new aerodynamically shaped scimitar tips.

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“One of our top priorities at Jet Aviation is to promote our employees’ understanding of and training in advanced aviation technology,” says Jet Aviation Basel Operations Senior VP & General Manager Neil Boyle. “We have been working closely with personnel from Aviation Partners to gain experience and proficiency with the SSW retrofit [and] look forward to supporting more Boeing aircraft owners and operators with SSW retrofits in the future — whether in conjunction with routine maintenance, an interior refurbishment, a green completion or as a standalone installation.”

Currently equipped on all new delivery Boeing 737 NG BBJs, the STC for the SSW retrofit is both FAA and EASA approved for all in-service BBJ, BBJ 2 and BBJ 3 aircraft.