Daher has announced its delivery of the 500th TBM 900-series aircraft, highlighting the continued global market demand for this best-selling family in the fast TBM turboprop-powered product line.
The historic delivery of the 500th TBM 900-series aircraft was announced at Daher’s press conference during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This airplane, a high-end TBM 960 version, was delivered to a private owner in the United States.
Daher – Continuous Efforts
Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, emphasized that this accomplishment is a testament to Daher’s continuous efforts to enhance its aircraft portfolio.
Their focus is on meeting customer needs, enhancing operational efficiency, and ensuring sustainability. In the highly competitive world of aviation, Daher’s dedication to quality and innovation shines through.
Daher’s success is not just a fluke. With over 100 TBM 960s on order, exceeding a two-year production backlog, it’s evident that both professional operators and private owners have a deep-seated interest in this aircraft.
What sets the TBM 900-series apart are the recent enhancements in safety features, efficiency, and cabin comfort.
The TBM 900-series aircraft have achieved a remarkable feat by surpassing the delivery totals of its predecessors.
While the TBM 700 configuration saw 324 aircraft produced, the TBM 850 had 338 units. It was the TBM 850 that marked the beginning of Daher’s stewardship of the TBM product line.
Evolution of the TBM 900-Series
Daher’s journey with the TBM 900-series began in 2014 with the introduction of the TBM 900.
This version brought substantial aerodynamic improvements, including new engine cowlings, winglets, and Hartzell’s cutting-edge five-blade scimitar propeller.
In 2016, Daher raised the bar with the TBM 930, equipped with Garmin’s touchscreen-controlled G3000 integrated flight deck.
This innovation introduced the TBM’s e-copilot functionality, reducing pilot workload and enhancing situational awareness.
Continuing their legacy of innovation, in 2018, Daher unveiled the TBM 910, featuring Garmin’s G1000 NXi avionics, catering to the specific requirements of customers.
In 2019, the TBM 930 was succeeded by the TBM 940, which introduced the revolutionary HomeSafe emergency autoland system, a groundbreaking addition to aviation safety.
The Cutting-Edge TBM 960
Daher’s latest addition to the TBM family is the TBM 960, introduced in 2022. This high-end version incorporates the new PT6E-66XT turboprop engine, purpose-built by Pratt & Whitney Canada for this aircraft.
Complementing the engine is Hartzell Propeller’s five-blade composite propeller with the Raptor lightweight hub.
These components are seamlessly integrated into the TBM 960’s dual-channel digital engine and propeller electronic control system (EPECS).
The EPECS optimizes powerplant performance, enhancing the aircraft’s efficiency and reducing pilot workload.
For instance, at Daher’s recommended cruise setting of 308 knots, the TBM 960 achieves a fuel consumption rate of only 57 U.S. gallons per hour, making it 10% more fuel-efficient than when flying at the maximum cruise setting.
This not only translates to cost savings but also showcases Daher’s commitment to sustainability.
Daher’s innovation extends to the cabin of the TBM 960. The Prestige cabin boasts a state-of-the-art environmental control system, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
Additional enhancements include LED ambience strip lighting integrated into the overhead ceiling panel, electronically-dimmable windows controlled by a passenger comfort display (PCD), ergonomically enhanced seats, and USB-A and USB-C power plugs, ensuring the utmost in style and comfort for all occupants.
The TBM 960 doesn’t compromise on safety. It features a comprehensive range of TBM e-copilot functions, including an icing protection system, electronic stability and protection (ESP), under-speed protection (USP) systems, and emergency descent mode (EDM).
The aircraft is also equipped with the groundbreaking HomeSafe emergency autoland system.
During the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Daher is proudly displaying a Model Year 2023 TBM 960.
This aircraft features the Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck with updated software, ergonomic improvements, and an array of features designed to make flying safer and more enjoyable.
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