Daher unveiled its latest model TBM 910 single-engine very fast turboprop aircraft this week, debuting at Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in and Expo.
In a new step aligned with Daher’s TBM e-copilot strategy of introducing increased functionality for operational safety improvements on the TBM product line, the TBM 910 has an automatic icing detection system that provides automated protection while keeping the pilot fully in the loop.
When icing or ice accretion is detected by an externally-mounted sensor - and if the pilot does not take action - the automatic icing detection system will activate deicing devices such as the airframe, windshield, propeller and the engine’s particle separator. An amber CAS (Crew Alerting System) message is displayed by the avionics, advising the pilot to clear the automatic activation and revert to the manual control mode.
“This added protection - which also is incorporated on the recently-unveiled TBM 940 - is part of our constant drive to use intelligent functionality in further improving safety and operability, and are firsts for production aircraft in the TBM’s category,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. "These new standards redefine the ultimate private aircraft: user-friendly, safe and efficient for both pilots and passengers.”
As the entry-level member in Daher’s TBM product line, the TBM 910’s 2019 definition also includes G1000 NXi avionics suite features that are incorporated in the high-end G3000 advanced flight deck of the TBM 930 and the TBM 940. They are: Surface Watch, which helps the pilot maintain enhanced situational awareness in the airport environment; Baro VNAV, allowing approaches with vertical guidance when Wide Area Augmentation System navigation is not available; and visual approach assistance for the TBM pilot in performing visual approaches on non-controlled airports with vertical guidance.
In the TBM 910’s cabin, Daher has incorporated ergonomic and style upgrades changes for 2019 that range from redesigned seats, additional thermal insulation for the cabin sidewalls and a new central shelf with side storage to an additional 115V electrical outlet at the right rear seat panel, and USB ports (bringing the overall total of USB ports to six for passengers and three for the pilots).
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 4th April 2019 | Issue #505
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