Middle Eastern travelers looking to charter in Europe and the US may now find a different option in the light aircraft sector. Daher has launched a new and improved version of its very fast turboprop aircraft, the TBM 940, offering a smart and stylish cabin and greater automation in the cockpit.
Although not well known in the Gulf, a region renowned for its love of heavy aircraft, Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft are popular in the US and Europe, particularly with owner/operators, and have a growing following in Iran and across Africa. Tracing its origins to the pioneering Morane-Saulnier aviation company – and more recently the well-known SOCATA – Southern France-based Daher is the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturer in operation today, having built airplanes for more than a century. The company’s claims to fame include the first Mediterranean air-crossing by Roland Garros in 1913, and the MS 760 Paris, the first business jet in 1954.
Daher created the first in the TBM series of aircraft almost 30 years ago. Daher’s TBM 700, launched in 1990, was the first pressurized single-engine turboprop to be certified, and directly paved the way for today’s Daher TBM Family, which has evolved through the TBM 850 (2008), TBM 900 (2014) and the TBM 930 (2016).
The latest version in the series of single-engine very fast turboprop aircraft – the TBM 940 – was introduced in March this year, during the Safety Seminar meeting of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association, held in Florida, USA.
The TBM 940 has replaced the TBM 930 as the top of the range in the TBM family, with a number of important upgrades in the aircraft’s performance, safety and comfort, including the integration of an automated throttle and automatic de-icing system, along with enhancements to the style and ergonomic elements inside the cabin.
“The TBM 940 redefines the ultimate private aircraft: user-friendly, safe and efficient for both pilots and passengers,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “This newest TBM family member underscores our firm commitment to constant improvement for the ownership and operational experience with our very fast turboprop aircraft.” One key new feature on the TBM 940 is its automated throttle – the first ever installed on a standard production turboprop aircraft weighing less than 5.7 tonnes. Fully integrated with the autopilot, this single power lever autothrottle automatically adjusts the aircraft’s speed, based on the preset flight profile – from climb-out to the landing approach.
In addition to reducing pilot workload, the autothrottle enables a TBM 940 to be operated to the edge of approved power regimes for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D turboprop engine, providing optimum performance and efficiency from the powerplant.
The engine parameters display has also been simplified on the aircraft, by use of an intuitive single smart gauge.
Max Range: 1,730nm
Max cruise speed: 330kts
Max passengers: six people
Max payload: 1,400lbs
Takeoff field length: 725m
Time-to climb to 9,450m: 18 mins 45 secs
Certified ceiling: 9,449m
Wheel base: 2.914m
Tailplane span: 4.988m
Info from Altitudes Magazine.