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.
Epic Aircraft continues development of its all-composite turboprop singles and very light jets, though without the $200 million in funding pledged by Indian billionaire Dr. Vijay Mallya last September at the NBAA Con- vention. The deal with Mallya isn’t dead, Epic CEO Rick Schra-meck told AIN, but has become “more complicated due to other outside partners.”
Luxembourg-based fractional ownership operator JetFly has ordered two TBM 850s. The single-turboprop aircraft will be equipped with the Garmin 1000 avionics suite and will feature a paint scheme and cabin interior designed by architect and town-planner Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Deliveries are pegged for this year.
EADS Socata’s latest TBM 850 business/utility aircraft is now available with an upgraded cockpit, based on a Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Pilots should benefit from uncluttered information display and better situational awareness. The TBM 850’s panel looks like that of the Cessna Citation Mustang very light jet, which is also based on the G1000, but Socata has customized the system to its six-seater.