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.
Happy Design Studio (Stand W362) has signed a contract to design the new liveries for freighters operated by Maximus Air Cargo, based here in the United Arab Emirates. This is the French company’s first major deal in the region; it has expanded quickly since launching its specialist aircraft paint scheme operation two years ago at the 2009 Dubai Air Show.
Daher-Socata rolled out its 600th series-production TBM turboprop single–a TBM 850–from its Tarbes, France production facility on Thursday. The milestone aircraft went to an unnamed private customer from the U.S. Northwest. In 1990, the TBM 700 became the first production pressurized single-engine aircraft to be certified.
Owners of Daher-Socata TBM 700 turboprops can now retrofit their panels with Garmin’s G1000 integrated flight deck. The retrofit, available for both A and B models of the TBM 700, includes two 10.4-inch PFDs and one 15-inch MFD and GFC 700 automatic flight control system. Buyers can opt for Garmin’s synthetic vision technology. The retrofit received supplemental type certification from the EASA and FAA validation of the EASA STC.
Daher-Socata is targeting the end of the year for a decision on whether to resurrect the defunct Grob SPn light business jet. The approval or rejection of the program restart will be based on “ongoing technical, cost and market analyses,” a Daher spokesperson told AIN. The manufacturer of the TBM850 turboprop has transferred two SPns to its Tarbes, France base, where one of them is flying.
Daher-Socata (Hall 2B C186, Static C63) has been selected by ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile), France’s national aviation school, for the avionics modernization of 37 Daher-Socata TB 20 Trinidad light aircraft in the ENAC training fleet.
Daher-Socata has delivered a TMA-MMA, a multi-mission version of the TBM850 turboprop single, to Argentina’s airport security agency. The airplane will be operated by the Policía de Seguridad, which is tasked with guarding the nation’s public airports. The agency’s airplane can be quickly converted to medical evacuation use.