Daher launched the TBM 960 on April 5 at Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, the latest version of the single turboprop aircraft family. The aircraft incorporates the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-66XT engine, fully digital e-throttle and a digitally controlled cabin with an all-new environmental control system, LED lighting and electrically dimmable windows. The aircraft has earned EASA certification with FAA certification underway. Deliveries are expected in the first half of 2022. Credit: Molly McMillin
Daher’s new TBM 960 retains the speed of Daher’s TBM family while lowering fuel consumption. For example, Daher’s recommended cruise setting of 308 kt. consumes 57 gal. per hr. of fuel. That is a 10% fuel savings when compared to the maximum cruise setting. Credit: Molly McMillin
Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division, raises the engine cowling on Daher’s TBM 960 on display at Sun ‘n Fun. The TBM 960 integrates the PT6E-66XT powerplant and Hartzell Propeller’s five-blade raptor composite propeller. Both are linked to the dual-channel digital Engine and Propeller Electronic Control System (EPECS). With the EPECS, engine start-up is fully automated after a single-switch activation. Credit: Molly McMillin
Reducing Pilot Workload
The cockpit’s power lever is an e-throttle, which uses a single forward position from takeoff to landing. The Engine and Propeller Electronic Control System (EPECS) optimizes powerplant performance while reducing pilot workload by integrating all functions. Analysis of engine parameters is done through more than 100 smart data inputs. Credit: Daher
An Integrated Propeller
Hartzell’s Raptor propeller, which turns at 1,925 rpm, is designed to reduce weight and improve takeoff distance and climb and cruise speed. Credit: Molly McMillin
The Garmin Flight Deck And Weather Radar
The TBM 960 comes equipped with Garmin’s G3000 integrated flight deck with an icing protection system, flight envelope monitoring and Under-speed Protection systems, Emergency Descent Mode and the HomeSafe emergency autoland system. It also includes the Garmin GWX 8000 Doppler weather radar with lightning and hail prediction, turbulence detection, zero blind range for close-in returns and ground clutter suppression. Credit: Daher
The TBM’s Prestige cabin includes a new environmental control system, LED strip lighting on both sides of the overhead ceiling panel and electronically dimmable windows. All are controlled by a Passenger Comfort Display. The aircraft’s cabin also includes new ergonimically enhanced seats, USB power plugs and other features. A 2022 standard equipped price is $4.57 million, while the aircraft with the Prestige cabin is $4.78 million. The price for a 2023 model is $5.0 million. Credit: Daher
Daher unveiled the TBM 960 pressurized turboprop with digital power, replacing the TBM 940, on the opening day of Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The TBM 960 is equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-66XT engines and Hartzell Propeller five-blade composite propeller, called the Raptor. The aircraft enables lower fuel consumption at 57 gal. per hr., a 10% savings compared to the maximum cruise setting.
Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.