TBM 930 Completes Paris-New York Record Flight

A Daher TBM 930 turboprop single piloted by Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek completed a record-setting flight from New York to Paris on Saturday in an attempt to break a speed record held since 1985 by famed test pilot Chuck Yeager.


Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek – Photo via (c) AIRBORNE FILMS

Flying the TBM 930 owned by Reuter, they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 8 hours and 38 minutes with an average speed of 364 kts., taking off from Westchester County Airport (KHPN) north of New York City, and landing at the historic Le Bourget Airport (LFPB) near Paris – where Charles Lindbergh landed after his pioneering transoceanic crossing.

The TBM 930 beat the previous 325.2-knot record in the C1e category (turboprop aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight under 13,200 lbs./6,000 kg. as established by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale), which was held since 1985 by the renowned test pilot, Chuck Yeager, on a twin-engine airplane.

The aircraft, owned by Reuter, was fitted with an additional fuel tank to carry an additional 300 gallons of jet fuel. This brought total usable fuel to 600 gallons, providing more than 10 hours of flight time. The FAA provided a permit to allow for a takeoff weight of 9,500 pounds, which is an increase from the TBM 930’s certified mtow of 7,398 pounds. Further, the aircraft was equipped with an Iridium Go! in-flight tracking device.

Reuter, a Chicago-based global finance executive, previously owned a TBM 850 for a decade before his current 930. Half of his 4,500 flight hours have accrued during his time in his two TBM aircraft. This included a trip to Antarctica in December. Bozek, a Michigan-based entrepreneur and real estate investor who flies aerobatic missions and collects warbirds, has logged 800 hours in his TBM 900, boosting his total time to 3,400 hours.

Socata TBM 930 Specs

Exterior

  • Exterior Height: 14 ft 3 in
  • Wing Span: 42 ft
  • Length: 35 ft 2 in

Interior

  • Cabin Height: 4 ft
  • Cabin Width: 3 ft 11 In
  • Cabin Length: 13 ft 3 In
  • Cabin Volume: 123 cu ft
  • Door Height: 3 ft 10 In
  • Door Width: 3 ft 6 In
  • Internal Baggage: 30 cu ft

Occupancy

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Passengers: 6

Operating Weights

  • Max T/O Weight: 7394 Lb
  • Max Landing Weight: 7024 Lb
  • Empty Weight: 4629 Lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 291 gal Lb
  • Payload W/Full Fuel: 891 Lb
  • Max Payload: 1403 Lb

Range

  • Normal Range: 1440 nm
  • Max Range: 1730 nm
  • Service Ceiling: 31000 ft

Distances

  • Takeoff Distance: 2380 ft
  • Landing Distance: 2430 ft

Performance

  • Max Speed: 330 kts
  • Normal Cruise: 290 kts
  • Economy Cruise: 252 kts

Power Plant

  • Engines: 1
  • Engine Mfg: Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Engine Model: PT6A-66D

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