On March 20, 2015, Daher formally opened its new Airplane Business Unit’s U.S. headquarters at Pompano Beach, Florida, marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Chairman and CEO Patrick Daher and Pompano Beach mayor Lamar Fisher.
The event attracted more than 300 attendees and brought approximately 30 TBM aircraft to Pompano Beach Airpark (KPMP), coinciding with the TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) Safety Seminar.
The new facility includes a 32,000-sq. ft. structural steel building with high-strength structure and foundations, constructed to withstand winds up to 150 knots. Two temperature-controlled hangars will host the TBM Service Center for customers based in the southeastern U.S. It can accommodate eight TBM aircraft simultaneously, as well as a full spare parts inventory in a dedicated storage area.
This facility enables Daher’s Airplane Business Unit to offer more services for TBM operators and customers, including avionics modernization, repair activities and full aircraft overhaul. KPMP is devoted to general aviation, with 160 based aircraft, an FAA Contract Tower, and three runways, one of which was recently extended to 5,000 feet. Generating an average of 160,000 movements annually, it’s ranked as the 27th busiest airport in the U.S.
“Daher is a recognized industrial company in Europe, which aims at bringing innovative industrial solutions for our customers. Inaugurating this new location, the spearhead of the TBM family of aircraft, highlights our strategy to become well-established in the United States, in order to become a trusted partner for our U.S. customers,” said Patrick Daher, Chairman and CEO of Daher.
“Our city is extremely honored that Daher has selected Pompano Beach Airpark,” stated Mayor Lamar Fisher. “There are numerous benefits of having Daher in our community, including its positive economic impact. In the near future, we expect TBM pilots to refer to Pompano Beach as the official U.S. hometown for the TBM!”
Stephane Meyer, President and CEO of Daher’s Aerospace and Defense division, added: “Daher’s move comes at a time when our aerospace business is growing in the U.S., both in the aerostructures sector and with the demand for our TBM 900 very fast turboprop aircraft. The new facility at Pompano Beach Airpark will allow Daher to leverage the company’s brand and resources as it meets the evolving demands of a growing customer base – a pillar of the company’s strategic business plan.”
Nicolas Chabbert, President of Daher’s Socata North America, Inc. subsidiary and Senior Vice-President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit, said Pompano Beach Airpark was chosen because it continues Daher’s presence within Florida’s Broward County – where its U.S. operations have been located for 20 years.
“Our new Pompano Beach facilities give us the additional space we need, positions us to better serve customers for years to come, and reinforces our enthusiasm for what this business can accomplish in America,” Chabbert explained. “Following the TBM program’s great success, the fleet is growing – with more than 500 TBMs in the U.S. today. These aircraft will benefit from our new capabilities, such as avionics service that will complement our support and maintenance activities. After almost two decades at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood North Perry airport, we are delighted for this relocation, which brings us to an airport with longer runways that can offer even more services.”