Daher TBM 940 debuts at the 2019 Paris Air Show
Le Bourget, France – Daher is showcasing the TBM 940 at the 2019 Paris Air Show following the start-up of deliveries for this newest member of its very fast turboprop aircraft product line.
Featuring an increased level of automation to reduce the pilot’s workload and optimise performance and safety, the TBM 940 incorporates an automated throttle and an automated icing detection system – both of which are installed for the first time on a standard production turboprop aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs. (5.7 metric tons). Their integration in the aircraft further builds on Daher’s TBM e-copilot strategy of introducing functionality for improved operational safety on the TBM product line.
Daher provided initial TBM 940 to a customer last week, with this milestone aircraft delivered to a British businessman. More deliveries are scheduled this month in Europe and Latin America, to be followed by aircraft provided to clients in North America and other countries.
“We are proud to have developed an aircraft that combines power, safety and comfort – which result from the work of our teams in continuously improving the TBM product line,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher Airplane Business Unit. “The enthusiastic feedback from pilots who have flown the TBM 940 confirms the bright future for this new TBM family member.”
Some of the TBM 940’s enhancements, such as cabin upgrades for style, ergonomics and comfort, are applied as well to Daher’s entry-level TBM 910 version, along with the automated icing detection system. Both aircraft also benefit from the latest Garmin cockpit features: Surface Watch, which gives pilots better situational awareness in the airport environment; BARO VNAV, allowing approaches with vertical guidance when the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is not available; and visual approach assistance in the execution of visual approaches at uncontrolled airports with vertical guidance.
As part of Daher’s participation in this week’s Paris Air Show, the company is presenting TBM Care – an operational entity that expands on the technical expertise of its customer support teams by bringing in the aspects of training and technical documentation. This provides TBM owners and operators a single point of contact, which is included as one-click access on the latest version of Daher’s “Me & My TBM” cloud-based application.
The “Me & My TBM” app’s ergonomics and functionality have been improved with the introduction of modes of analysis to optimize flight and flight time, as well as the aircraft’s landing approach phase, to which are added new calculation functions and monitoring of the average speed. During each TBM flight phase, feedback is provided by high-precision graphics indicating key parameters of the engine and other systems – offering a complete set of statistics accessible wherever the aircraft goes.