On April 5, 2016, Daher unveiled its expanded TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family, which now consists of the TBM 900 and TBM 930 versions – each retains the features that have made the TBM 900 a success, with more than 110 sold since its launch two years ago.
Daher has introduced the e-copilot® function on Model Year 2016 aircraft for both the TBM 900 and TBM 930, incorporating the following systems and functionality:
Angle of attack (AOA) sensor and calculator, providing angle of attack information on the primary flight display.
- Electronic stabilization and protection systems (ESP) and Under Speed Protection (USP), connected to the AOA computer.
- An emergency descent mode (EDM) in the autopilot, which places the aircraft in automatic descent to a safe altitude of 15,000-ft. in the event of cabin depressurization and lack of pilot response.
- New voice alerts, providing notification on stall, overspeed, landing gear status and oxygen mask use, replace aural sounds for better warning identification.
Distinguishing differences between the TBM 900 and TBM 930 are concentrated on their primary avionics. The 2016 TBM 900 retains Garmin’s G1000 avionics system, incorporating a pair of 10-inch screens and a 15-inch multifunction display, along with a physical keyboard for navigation and communication functions. New this year is the TBM 900’s Bluetooth FS 210 connection system, which enables the use of a tablet or smart phone to prepare maps and flight plans.
Introducing the TBM 930 as the latest step in Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family evolution, this version integrates Garmin’s G3000 avionics suite – the first touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck ever designed for light turbine aircraft. Its three wide-format WXGA displays can operate in a splitscreen mode, enabling maps and flight plans to remain on the screen side-by-side with primary, traffic and weather information.
A new touchscreen controller serves as the primary point of entry for the G3000 system, displaying communication and navigation controls. In addition, the G3000 avionics suite’s high resolution displays enhance the presentation of simulated 3-D perspective topography for Garmin’s SVT™ Synthetic Vision Technology.
Daher has also developed a new interior for the TBM 930 with redesigned seating and headrests, along with a new choice of wood or carbon finishes. For an additional touch of style, polished metal is used for handles, door sills and steps.
Didier Kayat, CEO of the Daher group parent company, said more than 50 new TBM aircraft in the TBM 900 and TBM 930 versions are expected to be delivered in 2016.
Listening to customers has guided the TBM’s evolution, according to Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit and CEO of SOCATA North America. “With enhanced resources provided by the Daher group for technical studies, design and production, we’ve taken a new step forward with the current TBM family while also positioning ourselves for future developments,” he concluded.