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Daher introduces the new TBM 930 to North America at Florida’s Sun’n Fun International Fly-In Expo
Daher introduces the new TBM 930 to North America at Florida’s Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In Expo
The latest member of Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft line begins the 2016 air show season with its debut at Lakeland Airport
Lakeland, Florida April 7, 2016 – Two days after unveiling its TBM 930, Daher brings this latest member of the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family for a North American debut during the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In Expo at Florida’s Lakeland Airport.
The TBM 930 incorporates further upgrades to its avionics suite, building on Daher’s achievements with the TBM 900 version – which is a confirmed business aviation success, delivering more than 110 aircraft since its launch two years ago.
“We had an enthusiastic response to the TBM 930’s unveiling on April 5 at our final assembly line in Tarbes, France,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit and CEO of SOCATA North America. “The TBM 930 underscores Daher’s commitment to continue evolving the TBM family, while also positioning ourselves for future developments.”
Chabbert said initial orders already have been booked for the TBM 930, with first customer deliveries beginning this month. The TBM 930 has received its certification from the European EASA and U.S. FAA airworthiness authorities.
In addition to the TBM 930’s introduction, Daher has integrated the company’s e-copilot® function on Model Year 2016 aircraft for both the TBM 900 and TBM 930 versions, incorporating the following systems and functionality for reduced pilot workload:
– A sensor and angle of attack (AOA) calculator, providing angle of attack information on the primary flight display;
– Electronic stabilization and protection systems (ESP) and Under Speed Protection (USP), which are connected to the AOA computer. These electronic monitoring and stability augmentation systems assist the pilot in
maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition when flight parameters are exceeded;
– An emergency descent mode (EDM) in the autopilot, which places the aircraft in automatic descent to a safe altitude of 15,000-ft. in the event of cabin depressurization and lack of pilot response; and
– New voice alerts – providing notification on stall, overspeed, landing gear status and oxygen mask use – which replace aural sounds for better warning identification.
With the TBM product line expansion, distinguishing differences between the TBM 900 and TBM 930 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.
Introducing the TBM 930 as the latest step in Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family evolution, this version integrates Garmin’s G3000 avionics suite – the first touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck ever designed for light turbine aircraft. Its cockpit instrument’s panel three wide-format WXGA displays can operate in a split-screen mode, enabling maps and flight plans to remain on the screen side-by-side with primary, traffic and weather information.
A new glass touchscreen controller serves as the pilot’s primary point of entry for the G3000 system, displaying communication and navigation controls. In addition, the G3000 avionics suite’s high resolution displays enhance the presentation of simulated 3-D perspective topography for Garmin’s SVT™ Synthetic Vision Technology.
In terms of aesthetics, Daher has developed an enhanced interior for the TBM 930 with redesigned seating and headrests, along with a new choice of wood or carbon finishes. For an additional touch of style, polished metal is used for handles, door sills and steps.
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 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 – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 are the newest members of Daher’s TBM business turboprop aircraft family. They offer performance close to that of light business jets – maximum cruise speed of 330 knots (611 km./hr.) – by offering a maximum range of 1,730 naut. mi. (3,200 km.), and provide greater flexibility with their load-carrying capacity and the ability operate from small airports.
With handling qualities and procedures typical of entry-level business aircraft, the TBM 900 and TBM 930 enable pilot-owners to be able to operate the aircraft themselves, while being adapted to the needs of midsize companies that appreciate their range, speed, passenger-carrying capability, along with low operating costs and discretion at airports.
Another TBM 900/TBM 930 advantage is the capability to operate from mountain airports, retaining performance even in hot weather conditions. The aircraft need only 1,200 meters to take off and land at an airfield altitude of 8,000 ft. (such as Mexico City) – even with a temperature of ISA + 30 °C.
To date, Daher has booked a total of 140 orders for the TBM 900 since this version’s launch in 2014, with 110 aircraft delivered as March 31, 2016. The majority of the TBM 900s were purchased by customers in the U.S. and Canada (78 percent). South America represents 10 percent of the sales (primarily in Brazil), with Europe representing 8 percent and Asia-Pacific the remaining 4 percent.
Daher builds the TBM 900 and TBM 930 on the company’s final assembly line at its industrial site located on the Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport in France’s Hautes Pyrénées region.
Contact for the media – Airplane Business Unit
Philippe de Segovia
Tel +33 (0)6 70 21 70 47