Daher welcomes Europe’s approval of Commercial Air Transport operations with single-engine turbine aircraft
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 26, 2016 – Europe’s endorsement of single-engine turbine aircraft in Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations has been commented by Daher, whose TBM very fast turboprop family is increasingly used for such flights worldwide.
During a committee meeting last month, the European Commission voted for an amendment to regulations that should lead to authorization of commercial trips with single-engine turbine aircraft within six months. The remaining technical steps include a formal scrutiny period by the European Parliament and European Council to ensure the change in regulations is legally compliant.
“The committee’s positive vote reflects the well-established safety record of single-engine turbine aircraft, and enables continental Europe to join other regions of the world – including the U.S. – where commercial air transport operations have been approved for some time,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit, who is attending the EAA Oshkosh AirVenture fly-in at Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport.
Chabbert noted that various versions of the TBM are increasingly deployed in charters for on-demand transportation – especially from community airports, with operators benefitting from the aircraft family’s speed, economical operating costs and the ability to serve smaller runways.
Commercial charter and corporate services are being flown by some 40 TBM family aircraft today. Operators include Little Hawk Logistics, based at central Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport in the United States; Wagga Air Centre in Australia’s New South Wales region; and France’s Voldirect – the first to operate a TBM in the framework of this country’s regulations enabling the use of TBM aircraft for public transport passengers in instrument flight conditions.
Further enhancing the TBM family’s attractiveness for commercial and charter flights is the new “Elite Privacy” quick-change lavatory compartment option, to be available for new-production aircraft from 2017. The Elite Privacy configuration integrates a lavatory area in the TBM’s aft fuselage. It consists of a bench-type seat with a low divider wall when not in use, and converts to a fully private toilet compartment at the simple touch of a button.
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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
Unveiled on April 5, the 2016 models of the TBM 900 and the TBM 930 are the newest members of Daher’s TBM business turboprop aircraft family.
They benefit from the same performances and technical features that contributed to the great 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 3 screens of 12 inches 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.
They offer performance close to that of light business jets: maximum cruise speed of 330 knots (611 km./hr.), maximum range of 1,730 naut. mi. (3,200 km.), and provide greater flexibility with their load-carrying capacity and the ability to operate from small airports.
Another feature of the TBM 900 and 930 on mountain airports, they maintain their performance even in hot weather they need only 1,200 m of runway to take off and land like Mexico City (8,000 ft) even with ISA temperature +30°C.
Since 2013, France, the regulation allows the TBM for public passenger transport. Based on the French experience, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) plans to allow this type of operation in Europe next year. This would allow the development of a real-leader in the field of air taxi in Europe.
The TBM 900 and TBM 930 are already the subject of more than 140 orders since their launch in 2014. 124 were delivered to 15 July 2016. The TBM 900 and 930 are built by Daher on its industrial site at the airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées (Hautes Pyrénées).
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