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DAHER appoints 208 Aviation as TBM Service Center for South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa, June 20, 2016 – Daher today announced that 208 Aviation, a private independent company, has been appointed as the TBM Service Center for the Southern Africa region.
208 Aviation provides professional maintenance and support for new and used turbine aircraft. Based at Wonderboom Airport – just north of Pretoria, South Africa – it holds Civil Aviation Authority approvals for maintenance in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The company also operates in such neighboring countries as Botswana, Lesotho, Nigeria and Swaziland.
“After an extensive survey of the companies offering maintenance services for general aviation aircraft in Southern Africa, we selected 208 Aviation based on its superior workmanship and dedication to excellent customer service – which are key contributing factors to the success of our TBM aircraft.” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “Through such a partnership, we look forward to developing our TBM sales in this region.”
Ben Esterhuizen, the manager of 208 Aviation, said his company has become strong, internationally-recognized aircraft maintenance organization that is well positioned to serve the family of TBM very fast turboprop aircraft.
“We thank Daher for selecting us as an official TBM Service Center in our region,” Esterhuizen added. “We’re ready to offer our skills across a full range of aircraft maintenance and support tasks.”
About 208 Aviation – www.208aviation.co.za
Established in 2007, 208 Aviation is a South African privately-owned business that strives to provide a broad range of aircraft maintenance and inspection services. 208 Aviation holds full SACAA Part 145 AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization) and Approved Certificate for Category A and C. The organization maintains a variety of single and twin piston and turbine engine aircraft.
About the TBM – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 are the latest members in Daher’s TBM family of very fast single-engine turboprop aircraft. Differences between the two models are concentrated on their primary avionics: Garmin’s G1000 avionics system with physical keypad for the TBM 900; Garmin’s G3000 with touchscreen controller for the TBM 930.
Both aircraft offer superior performance – a maximum cruise speed of 330 kts. – and high efficiency with a 1,730 naut. mi. maximum range and a fuel consumption at economy cruise of 37 U.S. gallons per hour. This results from aerodynamic improvements, along with other aircraft enhancements. The maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of the customers’ favorite features.
Overall, Daher has booked a total of 145 orders for the TBM 900 and TBM 930 since their launch in 2014 and 2016, respectively. As of June 15, deliveries brought the total number of TBM-series aircraft received by customers to 783, with this global fleet accumulating some 1.3 million flight hours.
About Daher – www.daher.com
Daher is an equipment supplier developing Integrated Industrial systems for aerospace and advanced technologies.
By combining its expertise in industrial manufacturing, product and process engineering, logistics and transport, and industrial services, Daher designs and develops Integrated Industrial Systems. Daher has established itself as a leader in five fields of activity: aircraft manufacturer, aerostructures and systems, integrated logistics, nuclear services, and valves.
Daher posts annual turnover of nearly one billion euros, and its order book stands at around three and a half years of turnover. Driven by bold innovation ever since it was founded in 1863, Daher has established itself today as one of the major players of the third industrial revolution.
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