Daher celebrates 30 years of participation at AERO Friedrichshafen with the company’s display of its TBM 960 and Kodiak 100

Friedrichshafen, Germany

The involvement of Daher and its predecessor companies during AERO Friedrichshafen’s three-decades of aviation gatherings is being marked this week by the presence of Daher’s two turboprop-powered aircraft families at the 2024 event: the fast and efficient TBM; and the utility STOL (short takeoff and landing) Kodiak.

AERO Friedrichshafen has developed into Europe’s most important general aviation trade show, with Daher and such forerunner companies as SOCATA contributing to the success by exhibiting since its creation in 1994 – displaying legacy aircraft that include the piston-engine Rallye and TB training/touring airplanes.

During this week’s AERO Friedrichshafen, Daher will be presenting its top-of-the-line TBM 960, along with the Kodiak 100 (Hall A3 – Booth 305).

“At the 2024 show, we are focusing on our company’s actions that will contribute to making general aviation more sustainable, as highlighted by Daher’s role in the EcoPulse distributed propulsion hybrid aircraft demonstrator in collaboration with Airbus and Safran,” stated Nicolas Chabbert, the CEO of Daher’s Aircraft Division. “Additionally, the continuing commercial success of our single-engine TBM and Kodiak turboprop-powered aircraft families underscore the importance that owners and operators are placing on the use of efficient aircraft. Taking this the next step will be the increased availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to further lower the carbon impact.”

During his show-opening press conference AERO Friedrichshafen, Chabbert announced that the first Kodiak 100 Series III in the Model Year 2024 configuration will be delivered later this year by Rheinland Air Service GmbH – which is Daher’s authorized Kodiak and TBM distributor for Austria and Germany. The latest Kodiak 100 Series III version is characterized by its landing weight increase to 3,286 kg. (up from 3,034 kg.), along with a higher maximum zero-fuel weight (close to the maximum takeoff weight of 3,203 kg.) to enable more payload. As another feature, plug-and-play fittings facilitate the aircraft’s adaptation for Aerocet amphibious floats.

Chabbert also confirmed that the five-blade Hartzell composite propeller is now a standard feature on new-production Kodiak 100s, while the four-blade Hartzel metal propeller is available as an option.

Kodiak 100 Series III aircraft are equipped with Bluetooth audio panels as an added element for passenger comfort, and the airplane can be outfitted with larger 29-inch tires for enhanced operation on unprepared airstrips. Owners also benefit from Daher’s four-year Kodiak Care maintenance program.

In addition to Daher’s service Network for TBM and Kodiak customers, the company remains committed to providing parts and technical expertise for the active fleet of legacy piston-engine airplanes from its predecessors, as represented at AERO Friedrichshafen 2024 by the participation of the European Rallye and TB owners group.