OSHKOSH, Wis. – Daher-Socata’s new TBM 900 program continues to gain interest since its unveiling, with sales extending into 2015 and more than 26 of the model already delivered by mid-July.
The company displayed the model to attendees at AirVenture here, following a roadshow that began in late March.
The aircraft is the third generation of the TBM single-turboprop, following on from the TBM 850, which had been Daher-Socata’s most successful of the 20-year-old program, accounting for more than half of the 662 sold.
While a follow-on, Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher-Socata’s airplane business unit, called the 900 "truly a new aircraft," incorporating improvements to the aerodynamics, efficiency, cockpit and cabin. Changes include the addition of winglets, vertical tail fin strake and a new tail cone. It also sports a new Hartzell five-blade composite propeller and improved engine airflow circulation with a banana-shaped air intake, carbon-fiber cowlings and new exhaust stacks.
The 900 became the first civilian single turboprop to incorporate a single-control power lever. The throttle operation includes a new torque limiter that enables use of 850 hp. engine power at takeoff.
A revamped electrical system, lower cabin noise levels, automated pressurization system and newly designed seats are also part of the latest iteration of the TBM.
While the predecessor TBM 850 is already among the fastest single-turboprops at 320 ktas, the changes boost the TBM 900’s top speed to 330 ktas at 28,000 ft., which Daher-Socata says makes it the fastest civilian pressurized single turboprop aircraft. Maximum range extends to 1,730 nm as a result of improved fuel efficiency of 37 U.S. gal. per hour.
The TBM 900 made its public debut this spring during the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, part of the beginning of a road show for the airplane. Within the first few weeks, the company handed over the first six aircraft to customers.
Daher-Socata has captured 48 orders for delivery this year and says it has already been securing positions in 2015.
Among the newest deliveries include to its southwest U.S. distributor Avex. The delivery marked the 100th TBM to the Camarillo, California-based company since it became an authorized distributor 15 years ago.