SPEED MEETS ADVENTURE AT DAHER’S EAA AIRVENTURE EXHIBIT
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, July 15, 2019 – Daher’s presence at this month’s EAA AirVenture gathering will focus on the aviation adventure, bringing its family of TBM very fast turboprop aircraft together with the Kodiak 100 – which will join the company’s product line through Daher’s upcoming acquisition of the Quest Aircraft Company.
The exhibit of Daher’s two latest TBM family members – the TBM 940 and TBM 910 – will be accompanied by the “adventure island” display, featuring a Kodiak 100, underscoring this aircraft’s capabilities for backcountry missions on unprepared landing strips.
During the week-long EAA AirVenture fly-in event – known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” – Daher also will organize an adventure-themed conference by TBM owners Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek, who will discuss their record-setting transatlantic crossing from New York to Paris aboard a TBM 930 earlier this year.
In addition, Daher will host a press conference to update the aviation media on its recent activities, including the group’s strategy following the Quest Aircraft Company’s acquisition.
“This year’s EAA AirVenture provides the perfect setting to showcase our soon-to-be expanded product line of highly capable single-engine turboprop aircraft – with the TBM family’s reputation of speed, style and efficiency complemented by the Kodiak 100’s recognized attributes as a go-anywhere airplane,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher Airplane Business Unit, and CEO of Daher Aircraft Inc.
Highlighted at Daher’s exhibit in the EAA AirVenture’s main aircraft display area will be the increased level of automation on the TBM 940 and TBM 910, which reduces a pilot’s workload and optimizes performance and safety. The TBM 940 incorporates an automated throttle and an automated icing detection system – both of which are installed for the first time on a standard production turboprop aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs. (5.7 metric tons). Their integration in the aircraft further builds on Daher’s TBM e-copilot® strategy of introducing functionality for improved operational safety on the TBM product line.
Some of the TBM 940’s enhancements, such as cabin upgrades for style, ergonomics and comfort, are applied as well to Daher’s entry-level TBM 910 version, along with the automated icing detection system. Both aircraft also benefit from the latest Garmin cockpit features: Surface Watch™, which gives pilots better situational awareness in the airport environment; BARO VNAV, allowing approaches with vertical guidance when the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is not available; and visual approach assistance in the execution of visual approaches at uncontrolled airports with vertical guidance.
As part of Daher’s participation in this week’s EAA AirVenture, the company is presenting TBM Care – an operational entity that expands on the technical expertise of its customer support teams by bringing in the aspects of training and technical documentation. This provides TBM owners and operators a single point of contact, which is included as one-click access on the latest version of Daher’s « Me & My TBM » cloud-based application.
The « Me & My TBM » app’s ergonomics and functionality have been improved with the introduction of modes of analysis to optimize flight and flight time, as well as the aircraft’s landing approach phase, to which are added new calculation functions and monitoring of the average speed. During each TBM flight phase, feedback is provided by high-precision graphics indicating key parameters of the engine and other systems – offering a complete set of statistics accessible wherever the aircraft goes.
Daher’s exhibit at EAA AirVenture is in the main aircraft display area, Booth 387-392, at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport. The company’s press briefing (which is open for attendance by accredited news media representatives), will be held on the fly-in’s opening day, July 22 at 10.45 AM. The conference with TBM transatlantic record-setters Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek is scheduled for July 24 at the Daher booth at 10.15 AM.
About the Daher TBM – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 910 and TBM 940 are the latest members in Daher’s TBM family of very fast single-engine turboprop aircraft. Differences between the two models are concentrated on their primary avionics: Garmin’s G1000 NXi avionics system with physical keypad for the TBM 910; Garmin’s G3000 with touchscreen controller for the TBM 940. An autothrottle has been incorporated in the TBM 940, with this aircraft and the TBM 910 is also featuring increased automation in deicing protection – features that are firsts for aircraft in the TBM aircraft category.
Both aircraft offer superior performance – a maximum cruise speed of 330 kts. – and high efficiency with a 1,730-naut. mi. maximum range and a fuel consumption at economy cruise of 37 U.S. gallons per hour. This results from aerodynamic improvements, along with other aircraft enhancements. The maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of the customers’ favorite features.
To date, a total of 948 TBM aircraft have been delivered to international owners and operators, with the global fleet accumulating some 1.7 million flight hours. 286 TBM 900-series have been delivered through July 15th 2019. They are built by Daher on its industrial site at the airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées (Hautes Pyrénées), France.