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.
On July 8, 2013 Titan Spring Inc. was notified by the Boeing Company Space and Intelligence Systems Division that because of Titan’s high quality performance. Titan Spring, Inc. has been approved to participate in the S&IS Delegation Program.
Delegation will allow Titan to directly ship products procured by Space and Intelligence Systems without the requirement for source inspection when Q-clause Q925 is imposed on Purchase Contracts. As part of the approval process Titan Spring, Inc. has met the following criteria:
Maintain a Boeing approved Quality Management System.
Maintain a minimum Boeing Enterprise Supplier Tool (BEST) El Segundo California site Quality Rating of 99.55% Bronze or BEST site Alternate Rating of Bronze over a 12 month period of performance.
Have Have no major findings.
In addition to this delegation Titan also has maintained AS 9100 certification to the “C” revision and as of March 2018 has been approved for the “D” revision. Quality is not just a word or department at Titan it is a way for life. It touches every aspect of the company from company officers to the new hire it is what drives the company.
Titan has been certified to various revisions of the AS9100 standard since 2007 and has never had a major finding charged against it. The international standard recognized all over the world allows Titan to supply high quality custom made parts. The standard gives international customers confidence in Titans quality for mission critical products supplied to their customers. Titan ships to customers in, France, Germany, Israel, and Taiwan without them needing to survey its facility.
Bell Helicopters approved that Titan Spring has met the requirements of QPS 100, QPS 102, and QPS 200.
Titan Spring is now an approved Bell Helicopter Supplier.
Bell Helicopters approves Titan Spring, Inc. for one process on a one day survey. The surveyor loved what he saw, called his boss, got approval, and came back in a few weeks with an audit team of 4 people approving us for the 3 QPS specifications listed above. It was a first for Bell Helicopters but not for Titan as it has happened before with or prime Aerospace Contractors.
Bell Helicopters recognized after speaking with employees of Titan Spring, Inc. that we were far more than just a spring manufacturer. Titan’s wide range of capabilities and can do approach appeals to many companies in search of a contractor that can take on different projects.
Titan Spring has been a supplier to Hughes Helicopters before it sold to Mac Donnell Douglas Helicopters and, continued on when Boeing purchased the company to this day.
In addition to coil springs Titan has the in house capability to manufacture flat metal springs, formed wires, flat washers, Belleville washers, wave washers, metal stamping’s with or without tooling. Welded wire assemblies and CNC machining.
Customer requests are pretty much what got us to expand our capabilities because they could not find someone to do a process. Like the medical customer who manufactured surgically implanted pacemakers who has a supplier for the tiny leaf spring and another who did the CNC machining They had nobody to weld the spring inside the machined part. We still weld the assembly for them to this day.
Since 2007 Titan has consistently achieved certification to the AS9100 standard. Starting with revision “B” followed by “C” and now as of March 2018 revision “D”. There have been no major findings charged against Titan ever! We are committed to the standard and constantly do internal audits to insure compliance in every aspect of our company.
Precision tight tolerance springs for the aviation, defense, and space industries for over 60 years.