SOCATA TBM

May 15, 2012 - 4:30pm

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.

May 12, 2012 - 3:20pm

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.

January 1, 2012 - 4:10am

Preliminary Report: Eng Helo Crashes in Australia

Eurocopter AS355F2 Ecureuil II, Lake Eyre, Australia, Aug. 18, 2011–The light twin helicopter, operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was destroyed when it crashed and burned shortly after takeoff. The pilot and two passengers, including a well-known Australian journalist, were killed. Weather at the time of the accident was reportedly fine and clear. The accident is under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

November 30, 2011 - 11:06am

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Socata TBM 700 electrical system.

October 25, 2011 - 5:30pm

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.

August 24, 2011 - 7:45am

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.

May 16, 2011 - 9:00pm

Engine:                                                                                          1,825-shp PWC PT6A-66D

Speeds:

Cruise (max)                                                         320 ktas at 26,000 feet

Cruise at long-range settings                      252 ktas

Performance:

Range                                                                         1,585 nm

March 3, 2011 - 9:46am

Kaman and Lockheed Martin continue to expand the missions being flown by the unmanned K-Max  helicopter at the Army’s Yuma, Ariz.,  Proving Ground. The helicopter recently made multiple guided airdrops at 10,000 feet msl. The 16 payloads airdropped included medical equipment, food, simulated leaflets and bulk cargo and were programmed by the GPS-guided Joint Precision Delivery System (JPADS) or triggered from a remote ground control station.

December 6, 2010 - 11:15pm

Happy Design Studio is forging 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.

July 8, 2010 - 8:52am

The pilot made an emergency landing after the turboprop single suffered engine and instrument failure during a Part 91 flight from San Luis Obispo Airport to Fresno-Yosemite Airport. After the power-off touchdown at Lost Hills-Kern County Airport, the TBM overran the runway and shed its nosegear. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to its wings and fuselage. The owner-pilot and four passengers were uninjured.

 
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