One year after the first major upgrade since its inception in the early 1990s, the Pilatus PC-12 NG remains the best seller in the pressurized single-engine turboprop class of aircraft which the Swiss manufacturer helped to create. Pilatus (Booth No. 7031 and on the static display) delivered 97 PC-12s last year, of which about three quarters were the New Generation versions.
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification manager for general aviation Roger Hardy said VLJs are classified as high-performance aircraft (HPA). However, he admitted that the Part 23 rules are “frankly not geared to HPAs the way Part 25 is. It was drafted in the 1960s and has barely kept pace, with special conditions used to supplement the code to cover new technology such as FADECs and composite structures.”
nounced an exclusive agreement with EADS Socata to distribute TBM technical publications.
“We are excited about the ability for our customers to automatically download the most current airframe, engine and propeller technical information for the TBM 700, A, B, C1 and C2 and TBM 850 using NavigatorV. This helps our customers improve safety and efficiency,” said Raphael Maitre, Socata vice president of customer service.
Despite its name, Luxembourg-based Jetfly is a fractional ownership aircraft program that uses single-engine turboprops exclusively. This year it has continued
Nothing re-ignites interest in new turboprops faster than a good old-fashioned “fuel crisis.”
Socata TBM 700B, Mobile, Ala., April 24, 2003–At 8:12 p.m. CDT a Socata N705QD, registered to Fleet National Bank and operated by Quest Diagnostics, collided with a telephone pole, crashed and burned half a mile short of Runway 18 at the Mobile
Downtown Airport, Ala. The sole-occupant pilot was killed. N705QD was being operated under Part 91 on an IFR flight plan in VMC.
EADS Socata celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first flight of its TBM 700 with a new and larger display at the 56th EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., held July 28 to August 3. Two 2008 TBM 850s, equipped with Garmin G1000 integrated avionics and outfitted with a new-style cabin interior, are the centerpiece of Socata’s 10,000-sq-ft display. These aircraft will also carry the TBM 850’s new paint scheme.
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.
There were more than a few moments during my three-and-a-half hours flying the Socata TBM 850 when it was easy to imagine the conversation I’d soon have with a couple of friends who own piston twins. The TBM is a suitable replacement for their aircraft–a Cessna 421 and a B55 Baron.
Farnborough-Aircraft.com, the UK company that is developing the single-turboprop F1 air-taxi, business and utility aircraft, quietly withdrew from the NBAA Convention even before the show was canceled.