Daher delivers the first TBM 930 very fast turboprop aircraft to be based in the United Kingdom
Tarbes, France, September 15, 2016 – Daher today announced the delivery of a new TBM 930 to the first U.K.-based customer of this latest TBM very fast turboprop aircraft version, which also marks the initial TBM 930 sale by Flying Smart – the newly-appointed TBM Authorized Distributor for the U.K. and Ireland.
The TBM 930’s customer is Attila Balogh, an established American businessman in the United Kingdom, and who is the CEO of Partner in Pet Food (PPF), a leading company in the European pet food market. PPF, which has experienced dynamic growth in recent years, operates nine pet food factories in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Netherlands – serving 35 countries, mostly in Europe.
Balogh will use his TBM 930 primarily for business travel, while also enjoying the aircraft’s comfort and range during trips with his family.
“We congratulate Attila Balogh for becoming the first U.K. owner of a TBM 930,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “He personifies the new generation of entrepreneur in Europe, who considers a business aircraft such as the TBM – with its excellent cost-to-speed ratio – as an essential instrument for a company’s growth.”
Balogh will fly the TBM 930 as an owner/operator. A passionate aviator with some 1,600 flight hours in his logbook, he learned to fly in 2004 at the Yorkshire aerodrome of Sherburn-in-Elmet, and purchased his first aircraft (a piston-engine four-seater) in 2008.
He currently holds 14 world speed records over recognized courses in sub-class C1C between the U.K. and continental cities in Europe. After obtaining an Instrument Rating in 2010, he began using his airplane for business trips, and began considering the upgrade to a turbine-powered aircraft.
“When I made the decision, I had surveyed the market, looking at both jet and turboprop aircraft. With pressurization, I could fly above the weather and benefit from the reliability of the turbine engine,” Balogh explained. “I finally selected the TBM 930, as it offered the best combination of speed, altitude, range and payload.”
He is looking forward to the benefits of mobility and availability with the TBM 930, being able to hold more business meetings in a shorter period of time, and expects to be flying some 250 hours per year with the TBM while visiting the various operations in support of his company’s expansion.
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, as well as industrial services, Daher designs and develops integrated industrial systems. Daher has established itself as a leader in five fields of activity: aircraft manufacturing, aerostructures and systems, integrated logistics, nuclear services, and valves.
In 2015, Daher posted a turnover superior to 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 factory of the future: Factory 4.0.
About Daher TBM aircraft: Focus on the TBM 900 and TBM 930 – www.tbm.aero
Unveiled on April 5, the 2016 models of the TBM 900 and TBM 930 are the newest members of Daher’s TBM business turboprop aircraft family.
They benefit from the same performance and technical features that contributed to the success of the TBM 900, a six-passenger aircraft. Differences between the two models are concentrated on their primary avionics.
Daher’s Model Year 2016 TBM 900 retains the liquid crystal displays with Garmin’s G1000 avionics system – incorporating a pair of 10-inch screens and a multifunction display sized at 15 inches, along with a physical keyboard for navigation and communication functions. New this year is the TBM 900’s Bluetooth FS 210 connection system, which enables the use of a tablet or smart phone to prepare maps and flight plans.
The Daher TBM 930 integrates a split-screen mode, enabling maps and flight plans to remain on the three 12-inch screens, each installed side-by-side with primary, traffic and weather information. The high-resolution displays enhance their use thanks to the synthetic vision mode.
A new glass touchscreen controller serves as the pilot’s primary point of entry, displaying communication and other navigation controls.
They offer performance close to that of light business jets: a maximum cruise speed of 330 knots (611 km./hr.), maximum range of 1,730 naut. mi. (3,200 km.), and provide greater flexibility with their load-carrying capacity and the ability to operate from small airports.
Another feature of the TBM 900 and 930 is their capability at mountain airports: they maintain their performance even in hot weather and only need 1,200 meters of runway to take off and land (even at such airports as Mexico City, with an altitude of 8,000 ft. and at an ISA temperature of +30°C).
The TBM aircraft family is well suited for public passenger transport, and its use in such operations is expanding with changes in airworthiness regulations for single-engine turboprop aircraft. In France, regulations have enabled the TBM to be used for public passenger transport since 2013. Based on the French experience, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) plans to allow these types of operations across Europe beginning next year.
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 already have received more than 145 orders since their launch, with 124 delivered through August 31, 2016. The TBM 900 and 930 are built by Daher on its industrial site at the airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées (Hautes Pyrénées), France.
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