Winglet invention tackles wake issue

Lesto, Isabel
June 2003
Flight Daily News;6/19/2003, Issue 5, p12
Trade Publication
An aeronautical teacher from France, Christian Hugues has developed a new winglet which he believes could offer an improved solution to the problem of turbulence caused by wake vortices. Hugues has patented the Minix winglet and claims it can save lives while increasing speed, reducing fuel consumption and allowing aircraft to carry more weight. Made of Kevlar and carbon, the Minix winglet is solid but light and is fixed to the length of a wing tip. Minix works on the principle that the vortex will hit the wing at exactly the same distance from its tip as the measurement of thickness of the wing. The system is designed to allow the vortex to escape through slits in its tube-like body as pressure increases.


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