Daher salutes the service entry of Asia’s first TBM 930 very fast turboprop aircraft
Anutin Charnvirakul –the second person from the left – performed his maiden operational flight after his new TBM 930 was certified in Thailand delivered a heart transplant for the Thai Red Cross organization.
Bangkok, Thailand, February 17, 2017: Daher today announced the service entry of the initial TBM 930 based in Asia. It was delivered in December to Anutin Charnvirakul, who previously owned a TBM 850 version of Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family.
The new TBM 930 was ferried by Charnvirakul from Daher’s Tarbes, France production facility to Bangkok in December, departing from Europe after a ritual Thai Buddhist blessing. Charnvirakul’s 5,914-naut. mi. ferry flight involved stopovers in Corfu (Greece), Aqaba (Jordan), Fujairah (United Arab Emirates) and Nagpur (India). The trip’s average cruise speed was 277.5 kts., and the fuel consumption averaged 41.6 gallons per hour.
“I very much enjoyed my previous TBM 850 for its versatility and flexibility,” Charnvirakul explained. “When the time came to replace it after four years and some 900 flight hours, I chose the latest TBM model: the TBM 930. My ferry flight confirmed that I made the right decision: this is the TBM at its best in terms of performance, state-of-the-art avionics and the handling.”
Shortly after the TBM 930 received its Certificate of Airworthiness from The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Charnvirakul performed the maiden operational flight as a volunteer to deliver a heart transplant for the Thai Red Cross organization.
An active pilot, Charnvirakul is a well-known personality in Thailand. He was a former Deputy Minister of Public Health and Commerce, and is the current leader of the country’s Bhumjaithai Party.
On the business side, Charnvirakul is Chairman of STP&I Public Company Limited, and the developer of Rancho Charnvee – the first golf course in Thailand’s Khao Yai mountain region, which has a 3,929-ft. (1,200-meter) landing strip that is open to general aviation traffic.
“We congratulate Anutin Charnvirakul for being the first to operate the TBM 930 in Asia,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit. “We’re particularly honored by his renewed confidence in our TBM very fast turboprop’s quality and performance.”
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.
Daher posts annual turnover of nearly one billion euros, and its order book stands at approximately 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 & 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 suite 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.
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