Idaho Aerospace Technology
Tamarack is making history with their winglet concept for jet aircraft. Tamarack started with the Cessna CJ1 but have recently developed a commercial airline version for Boeing and Airbus. I have known these guys for about 7 years and just love this product. It is truly amazing and developed in Northern Idaho. You will be seeing this winglet on major airlines very soon being built under license from Tamarack by Boeing and Airbus.
More recently they have received certification for the Cessna CJ3 and CJ3+ Business jets.
Tamarack Aerospace Group is located in the northern Idaho resort town of Sandpoint near Lake Pend Oreille. Not exactly where you would expect to see aircraft products being made but there are a number of companies in the area. Across the runway at Sanpoint airport is Quest Aircraft where the manufacture the Kodiak turboprop aircraft. The Kodiak is a short runway aircraft capable of taking off in 1,000 feet.
A few miles west of Quest is Aerocet where they manufacture a revolutionary composite float system for water landing. Pictured below is the Quest Kodiak aircraft equipped with Aerocet composite floats.
Just an hour south in Hayden Idaho there are more aircraft industry suppliers like Titan Spring Incorporated. Titan is a 60 year old AS9100 family owned aerospace manufacturing company. Unitech Composites is just a mile away where they manufacture aerospace products for Boeing and other defense companies.
North Idaho College has an Aerospace Center near Unitech where they have an aircraft composites program in addition to an aviation maintenance program. Students are taught airframe and powerplant courses in preparation for licensing. The college offers CNC mill operation in addition to non destructive testing and inspection in support of the local industry. The college will be adding additional aerospace classes in the future as needed.