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.
Spain’s Aviastec has joined Daher- Socata’s sales network. The Oviedo company will market the TBM850 in Spain and Portugal. Aviastec also has a maintenance facility at Madrid Cuatro Vientos airport. In Argentina, Socata delivered the first multi-mission version of the TBM850, to the country’s airport security police.
Will 2011 be the year that Daher-Socata finally launches the twin-engine eight- to 10-seat NTx? Last year’s hiring of Stéphane Mayer as CEO seemed to indicate that formal launch of the NTx would be forthcoming, but meanwhile Daher-Socata has expressed interest in reviving the moribund Grob SPn all-composite jet program.
Daher-Socata delivered 38 TBM 850 turboprop singles last year, two more than it shipped in 2009, making 2010 the TBM programπs fourth-best year. With last yearπs tally, the French aircraft manufacturer said there are now 222 TBM 850s in service–no small feat since the model was introduced only in 2006. The overall TBM fleet, which includes 700-series models, currently numbers 545.
ging a reputation for innovative and exciting aircraft paint schemes, highlighted by its recent win in a competition to design a new livery for the single-prop TBM 850 six-seater.
The contest was launched in July by the TBM 850’s manufacturer, Daher-Socata, to create a new paint scheme to be introduced for 2011 production aircraft in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary.