Daher-Socata’s TBM850 single-engine turboprop is making its fourth appearance at Moscow’s Jet Expo show this week, but the first since the aircraft received type certification for the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia.
Daher-Socata announced Tuesday that it will not build the moribund Grob SPn utility jet. Socata, which manufactures the TBM850 turboprop single, had been evaluating the all-composite SPn twinjet since late 2010 as a more economical alternative to a clean-sheet new aircraft program.
A Daher-Socata TBM 850 with the new Elite interior is now on a demonstration tour in the UK and Ireland. The tour began following the turboprop single’s appearance at AeroExpo UK 2012, which ended Sunday at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire. As of late April, more than 266 TBM 850s had been delivered to customers. The combined TBM 700 and TBM 850 fleet now stands at 590 aircraft worldwide.
Turboprop-single business aircraft manufacturers Pilatus and Daher-Socata seem to be having trouble defining time frames for producing larger, twin-engine airplanes–respectively the PC-24 and NTX–both companies told AIN this week at EBACE.
Daher-Socata exhibited its TBM 850 Elite, the latest version of its single-turboprop business/utility aircraft, at EBACE this week in Geneva. Its main feature is the “quick-change” capability from the conventional six-seat arrangement to a configuration with four forward-facing seats, with the rest of the volume being made available for more baggage.
Pilatus (Stand 7031) and Daher-Socata (Stand 1439), both manufacturers of business turboprop singles, seem to be having trouble defining time frames for producing larger, twin-engine airplanes, respectively dubbed the PC-24 and the NTX. Both designs are still being worked out on but few details have emerged to date.
The PC-24 was to be unveiled in 2012, according to a Pilatus annual report released earlier this year. This has changed, the company told AIN on Tuesday at the EBACE show and now an announcement is to be made at the EBACE 2013 show–in a year.
Here at EBACE 2012, Daher-Socata is exhibiting the TBM 850 Elite, the latest version of its single-turboprop business/utility aircraft. Its main feature is the “quick-change” capability from the conventional six-seat arrangement to a configuration with four forward-facing seats, with the rest of the volume being made available for more luggage. Other improvements can be found in the avionics suite.
The Daher-Socata TBM 850 turboprop single gained type certification from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which includes Russia, the French aircraft manufacturer said yesterday. “This recognizes…the work of Daher-Socata’s team in conjunction with the CIS aviation authorities, who are known to be demanding in their certification process, especially for operations in extreme weather conditions,” Socata senior vice president Nicolas Chabbert said. With the approval, the company can market its turboprop to the growing CIS market.
In business since 1750, family owned and operated Catherineau has been in the aircraft completions game for only 50 years. That is a relatively short chapter in the Catherineau history but nevertheless not insignificant, considering that business aviation was only just coming into its own 50 years ago. In 1750, and for centuries thereafter, Catherineau built fine furniture.
Daher-Socata delivered 38 TBM 850s last year, marking the fourth-best year for its TBM aircraft series since 1990. The more than 600 of the French aircraft manufacturer’s turboprop singles now in service have logged a fleet flight time of 909,921 hours. Most–84 percent, to be exact–of the TBM 850s shipped last year went to U.S. customers. Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe accounted for the remainder of deliveries.