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DAHER TBM 930 delivered to Andrew McKenna
Speed, range and agile handling: A winning combination for the latest Daher TBM 930 owner – U.S. businessman and warbird enthusiast Andrew McKenna
Arlington, Virginia, USA, October 17, 2016 – Daher today announced the delivery of a new TBM 930 very fast turboprop aircraft to McKenna & Associates, LLC, whose founder, President and CEO, Andrew McKenna, is an aviator and eminent warbird pilot that frequently participates in memorial flight presentations, airshows and ceremonial events.
McKenna was aboard the TBM 930 on its ferry flight from Daher’s final assembly facility in southwest France at Tarbes to the United States.
The TBM 930 acquired by McKenna was sold through Columbia Aircraft Sales, one of the leading Daher Authorized TBM Distributors. In addition to offering sales and services for aircraft and avionics, Columbia Aircraft Sales also provides its expertise in insurance and financing, market research and analysis, and lifetime product support for the northeastern American region – covering an area from Virginia to eastern Canada.
McKenna will use the aircraft during business travels for McKenna & Associates – a strategic consulting firm that provides management services and fundraising for Fortune 500 companies, banking interests, national nonprofits and high-net-worth individuals. Before starting his company, McKenna served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and in the White House Liaison’s Office.
“We are pleased to welcome such a passionate aviator as Andrew McKenna into the Daher TBM family,” stated Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “His enthusiasm about our very fast aircraft is a fantastic endorsement for the TBM program, and he certainly will be an inspiration for many pilots.”
McKenna said the TBM 930 will give him new flexibility and mobility while traveling to visit customers and business partners.
“I was convinced about this aircraft after taking a trip with a TBM 900 owner, who showed me I could fly at jet-like speeds over long distances, while retaining excellent handling qualities right down to the airport traffic pattern – especially with the aircraft’s great deceleration characteristics,” McKenna explained. “For me, the TBM 930 is more than a business tool; I call it my ‘business weapon.’”
McKenna specified a custom paint scheme that reflects his passion for vintage military aircraft. Included on both of the TBM 930’s winglets are silhouettes of the World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter and T-6 Texan trainer that he also owns.
He described the TBM 930 as the best all-around aircraft value, with beautiful, clean lines. “The TBM is unique and special, as it has the look and pilot’s feel of a P-51, but is highly efficient and very economical,” McKenna added.
« Airlines continue to lack the timing and routing required to run our business effectively, and we simply cannot spend days of wasted travel and lost time to see partners and clients, » he concluded. “The TBM 930 is an economical ‘game changer.’ It allows us to go directly to the destination and back, being as productive as possible.”
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 in April, 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.
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 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.), while providing greater flexibility with their load-carrying capacity and the ability to operate from small airports.
Another feature of the TBM 900 and TBM 930 is their capability at mountain airports: they maintain their performance even in hot weather and only need 3,900 ft (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 this type of operations across Europe beginning next year.
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 already have received more than 145 orders since their launch, with 135 delivered through September 30, 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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