Daher has introduced the latest version of its upgraded six-passenger TBM 940 single-engine turboprop, which succeeds the TBM 930. Upgrades include an automated throttle, automatic deicing system, additional thermal insulation for the sidewalls, redesigned seats, a 150-volt electric power sockets, USB ports, and a new central shelf with side storage.

“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.

The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 330 kt. and a range of 1,730 nm, the same as the TBM 930. The TBM 940 has Garmin 3000 avionics.

An automated throttle is the first to be installed on a standard production turboprop weighing less than 12,500 lb., the company said. It is fully integrated with the autopilot and automatically adjusts the aircraft’s speeds based on a preset flight profile.

The TBM 940 also includes increased automation for the deicing system. If the pilot does not take action and icing or ice accretion is detected, an amber Crew Alerting Message comes on and the system automatically activates to deice the airframe, windshield, propeller and the engine’s particle separator.

Revalidation of the TBM 700 Type Certificate to include the 940 has been slower than hoped, but was finally achieved in Europe last Friday, clearing the way for deliveries to begin on 3 June. U.S. approval for the 940 still is not forthcoming, but Chabbert is unfazed, and understanding of present distractions at the FAA. “We are answering all their questions and being patient; and so are they; I don’t see a problem,” he adds.

Orders specifically for the TBM 940 total 25 from customers in Brazil, Germany, Japan, UK, US and elsewhere. Deliveries of the TBM 900 family have reached 274, from 304 on order, while the overall TBM (700/800/900) tally is 936 delivered and 1.6 million hours flown. In 2018, 10 percent (16,000) of all European turboprop flights were by TBMs.

In addition to the new 940, Daher has opened a new TBM customer support base at the Toussus-le-Noble airport in north-central France to serve the Ile-de-France region, surrounding Paris. This is situated near a technology cluster zone, designated as “Europe’s Silicon Valley.”

This operation, which is Part 145 approved by EASA and FAA, includes a workshop and offices near the airport’s main entrance. The center will provide maintenance services, including scheduled inspections for TBM aircraft covered by Daher’s maintenance contracts.