Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sharklets have arrived

 I've known these were coming for a while now, and now we've seen them at LAX:  The new, more fuel-efficient winglets for the Airbus A320-series. Airbus calls these "Sharklets", and they are available on new production aircraft as well as available for retrofit. Reportedly, they offer a 3.5 percent reduction in fuel consumption on long-haul flights as compared to the standard Airbus wingtip fences seen on the 320-series aircraft.

And, is it just me, or does the paint on Virgin America's Sharklets bear a striking resemblance to American's new tail paint?


  1. How do they work to reduce fuel consumption?

  2. Sharklets, OO AH AH!

  3. The paint job on the sharklets is spiffier than the AA tails.

    I was listening to the tower yesterday while I was working in the house and I heard the convo between the PD choppers and the tower. I turned to Channel 5 and watched that chase with the van through south LA. Those PD guys fly low and fast, like Army attack choppers. That chase was a mess.

    It's 1250 and it sounds like you've got a lot of work there.

    PS some of those Asian cockpit people don't seem to have a great command of the English language. Like reading back directions. That is scary.