Winglets are vertical extensions of wingtips that improve an aircraft's fuelefficiency and cruising range.
Designed as small airfoils, winglets reduce the aerodynamic dragassociated with vortices. By reducing wingtip drag:a)fuel consumption goes downb)range is extended
For transport-size aircraft with winglets efficiency during cruise isimproved to between 6% and 9%.
Research by NASA in 1979-80 onBoeing 707 jetliner recorded anincreased fuel mileage rate of 6.5%.
Source: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center