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.
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.
Socata TBM700, Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2010–After approaching the destination airport near dusk in deteriorating weather, the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear before landing, causing substantial damage to the aircraft’s fuselage skin, stringers and wing attachment fittings.
France-based Daher Group last month confirmed that French and German antitrust authorities have approved its taking over 70 percent of Socata, with EADS retaining the remaining 30-percent share. Combined, Daher and Socata have 7,500 employees and ?1 billion ($1.4 billion) revenues in aerostructures and business aircraft. Socata delivered a record 60 TBM 850 turboprops last year.
Recent industry scuttlebutt that Daher Aerospace will take a majority stake in EADS Socata is likely to be confirmed next month following “exclusive negotiations” between the two companies announced last month.
EADS Socata TBM 850, Iowa City, Iowa, June 3, 2008–A two-year-old patient was killed when an Angel Flight TBM 850 crashed on takeoff from Iowa City. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, eyewitnesses said a wing turned perpendicular to the ground before the turboprop crashed and then cartwheeled. Weather was overcast, with rain and wind gusting to 36 mph.
After AIN reported that EADS was considering selling its Socata division to French aerospace, defense, nuclear and automotive manufacturing concern Daher, EADS issued a statement asserting that “EADS Socata remains a key element of EADS, continuing the highly successful marketing of its general aviation aircraft product line, along with its production of aerostructures for business jets, regional airliners, mainline passenger
An incident in which the elevator controls on a Socata TBM 700 literally froze up and jammed because water accumulated in the fuselage and froze led to a French AD in October last year requiring compliance with a June 2000 Socata Service Bulletin calling for a new fuselage strainer draining system on the turboprop single.
EADS Socata, in a bid to enter the growing small corporate flight department and air taxi market, is evaluating the case for developing a new turboprop or business jet that would be bigger than its six-seat TBM 850 but would not replace it. The French company is seeking financial and/or industrial partnerships for the $390 million project. It expects to make a decision on the new aircraft by early 2009 and fly it within five years.
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