Daher’s TBM 900 very fast turboprop aircraft and the TBM family’s charter activities are showcased at the Australian Aerospace Show
Geeladong, Victoria, Australia, February 28, 2017 – For its participation at Avalon 2017, Daher is showcasing the capabilities of its TBM very fast turboprop aircraft in operations across Australia’s open spaces, and highlighting the growing use of TBM-family aircraft in commercial charter operations worldwide.
Daher is exhibiting a TBM 900 version at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, Australia for the biennial aerospace and defense exposition, while underscoring the maintenance and support services provided for TBM aircraft by five approved service centers on the continent: Air Gold Coast (Coolangatta, Queensland), Marker Aviation (Mt Isa, Queensland), Executive Airlines (Essendon, Victoria), Hawker Pacific (Bankstown, New South Wales) and Premiair Aviation (Jandakot, Western Australia).
“We are continuing the momentum of our successful introductions with the TBM 900 and TBM 930,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “Our presence at Australia’s major aviation event will enable us to outline the TBM’s attributes for operators on the continent and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”
Features for the Model Year TBM 900 and TBM 930 displayed at Avalon 2017 include a redesigned cabin with new seat cushions, headrest and armrest; along with seat fairings that are now covered with Ultraleather® synthetic fabric material offering increased longevity.
The TBM’s popular “Elite Package” enhanced interior incorporates the optional AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag system, located in the torso section of four-point seatbelts at the two cockpit seats. When triggered, the airbag deploys up and away from the seated occupant, providing protection to the head, neck and torso. The TBM’s AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag System meets FAR 23.562 26g requirements for pilot/co-pilot seats, and provides additional safety for survivable impacts.
Three cabin interior harmonies are available for customer choice: Black Diamond, Beige Luxor and Agate Grey. Brushed aluminum fittings for the main door stair, handrail, pilot door and rear seat side beam are standard, with a polished finish available as an option. Certain features that previously were options are now incorporated on the TBM Model Year 2017 versions, such as a stick shaker linked with the Under Speed Protection (USP) system, and gateways that enable wireless connectivity for two mobile devices running the Garmin Pilot app: the Flight Stream 510, and Flight Stream 210 for the TBM 930.
Daher announced earlier this year that 2017 Model Year TBM 900s will feature a new avionics enhancement incorporating Garmin’s G1000NXi next-generation integrated flight deck, which is expected to be certified in a few months. From its launch, the TBM 930 has been equipped with the Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck.
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 are the fastest-selling TBM models, with a combined total of 160 aircraft sold since the official launch of the TBM 900 in April 2014, followed by the TBM 930 in 2016.
Daher’s participation at Avalon 2017 also provides an opportunity to promote its Fly And Charter your TBM (FACT) program in the Australian market. FACT brings private and corporate TBM owners together with commercial operators ready to use these very fast aircraft for charter flights.
Wagga Air Centre, the first Australian air charter company to operate a TBM 850, is now in its second year of commercial operations with the aircraft.
Chris Cabot, the managing director at Wagga Air Centre, said Australian clients are increasingly disillusioned by the awkward and sometimes irregular schedules associated with airline travel, and he noted the growing discontent of business travelers for security checks and other time-consuming challenges faced during airline trips.
“Wagga Air Centre now offers a personal and convenient solution with the TBM and its low operating costs,” Cabot added. “The aircraft that we use – named ‘Elle’ after famous Australian top model Elle MacPherson – allows us to offer direct flights for four passengers on trips such as Wagga Wagga to Cairns (2,032 km./1,100 nm.) in only 3.8 flight hours.”
About the Daher TBM 900 & 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.
To date, a total of 822 TBM aircraft have been delivered to international owners and operators, with the global fleet accumulating some 1.4 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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