Daher’s new video provides a “pilot’s-eye” view of TBM aircraft ferry flights across the North Atlantic Ocean
Tarbes, France, December 6, 2016 – From takeoff in southwestern France to touchdown in the U.S. state of Florida, the experience of ferrying Daher’s TBM very fast turboprop aircraft over the North Atlantic Ocean for customer deliveries is highlighted in a new video available on YouTube.
With the Americas accounting for nearly 80 percent of all TBMs ordered, ferry flights of new production aircraft across the North Atlantic is a regular part of the delivery process, which routinely is completed with an arrival at Daher’s operation in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The new video captures the unique character of such ferry flights, including impressive landings at airports such as Reykjavik, Iceland; Narsarsuaq, Greenland, with its approach along a fjord; and Goose Bay in northern Canada, which is one the coldest places on Earth.
Produced by Airborne Films, this high-quality video chronicles the initial ferry flight with Daher’s latest TBM version – the TBM 930 – performed by Chief Test Pilot Stephane Jacques, with a departure from the TBM final assembly line in Tarbes, France and arrival at Pompano Beach.
The video also includes comments from Margrit Waltz, who has performed more than 800 ocean crossings, half of them being North Atlantic TBM ferry flights since she delivered the first TBM to the United States – aircraft Serial No. 5, a TBM 700 version – in 1991, when the very fast aircraft program was still in its infancy.
“Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a pressurized single turboprop aircraft may appear routine today, but it still is a unique aviation experience – especially when customers take part in the ferry flight,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “It was even more of an adventure 25 years ago, when assistance such as satellite positioning and in-flight weather updates were not readily available.”
Chabbert added that the new video on YouTube is a tribute to all ferry pilots who have been a part of the TBM aircraft family’s success.
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.
About the Daher TBM 900 and TBM 930 – 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 154 orders for the TBM 900 and TBM 930 since their launch in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The 37 deliveries made in 2016 (as of October 31) brought the total number of TBM-series aircraft received by customers to 806, with this global fleet accumulating some 1.38 million flight hours.
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