Tarbes, France, June 12, 2015 – The newest member of Daher’s very fast turboprop family – the TBM 900 – is making its Paris Air Show debut next week, underscoring the aircraft’s operational benefits for private owners, business operators, charter companies and government agencies.
“We are proud to present our TBM 900, the world’s fastest certified single-turboprop, for the first time at the Paris Air Show – one of the industry’s largest and most prestigious aviation gatherings,” commented Didier Kayat, Daher’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
“This airplane perfectly highlights our skills as an aircraft manufacturer, which is a core expertise for Daher.”
Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit, noted the TBM 900 has become the fastest-selling family member during the TBM program’s 25-year history.
“With 100 new orders logged in a year, the TBM 900’s sales success demonstrates its maturity and underlines our ability to meet the expectations of customers,” Chabbert added.
“The Paris Air Show will enable us to raise the interest in new markets for this aircraft, while putting the focus on Daher’s service offerings – especially in the field of avionics upgrade.”
The majority of TBM 900s have been ordered from the United States and Canada (78 percent). Other customers are from regions where aviation’s importance is growing, with Latin America representing 10 percent of sales (primarily in Brazil). Europe accounts for 8 percent, and Asia-Pacific the remaining 4 percent.
The Daher Airplane Business Unit’s capabilities in full operational support and avionics modernization for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters also will be highlighted at the Paris Air Show. This includes the expansion in avionics retrofit for North America with the opening of an avionics shop at Daher’s new facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Daher’s TBM 900 brings new benefits for its TBM MMA multi-mission aircraft variant, with more efficiency and capability in defense, security, medical evacuation and transport missions. The TBM 900’s enhancements for such applications include:
– An endurance of six hours on surveillance missions,
– Superior speed and range for mission-critical applications such as medical evacuation and patrols,
– A reduction in external noise for increased operational discretion,
– Reduced takeoff and landing distances, allowing the aircraft to operate from 2,100-ft.-long runways (750 meters),
– A new power generator that enables the TBM-MMA to integrate mission equipment without limitations, and
– Enhanced human-machine interface for improved operations, particularly during long-duration missions.