Daher TBM 910 makes its US public debut at Oshkosh

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Daher showcased the latest member of its very fast turboprop aircraft family for the first time publicly in the U.S. with the TBM 910’s appearance during this week’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport, Wisconsin.

The aircraft is equipped with the new high-resolution, state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 NXi all-glass integrated flight deck - repleacing Garmin’s previous G1000 configuration used on TBM 900 versions. These improvements provide a faster boot-up and software loading, while enabling the system to manage more aviation data and maps (such as visual approach plates).

“Since the TBM 910’s formal announcement only three months ago, this aircraft has captured attention of the owner/pilot market, and a dozen already have been delivered to enthusiastic customers on both sides of the Atlantic,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Daher’s Airplane Business Unit Senior Vice President, and CEO of the U.S.-based SOCATA North America subsidiary.

He noted the TBM 910 benefits from the same range and performance that have contributed to the success of Daher’s TBM 900-series six-passenger pressurized single-engine turboprop aircraft, and this latest version also includes such proven technical features as the TBM e- co-pilot for lower pilot workload.

The TBM 910 enhanced interior includes the optional AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag in the torso section of 4-point seatbelts at the two cockpit seats. When triggered, the airbag deploys up and away from the seated occupant, providing protection to the head, neck and torso. The TBM 910’s AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag meets FAR 23.562 26g requirements for pilot/co-pilot seats, and provides additional safety for survivable impacts.

Other TBM 910 advantages are the enhanced situational awareness, and improved cockpit connectivity that allows wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on mobile devices to the G1000 NXi system. Additionally, an enriched “feel” with the flight deck’s new keyboard joystick gives more accurate panning and fluid navigation on the multi-function display pages.

The TBM 910 also features cabin interior enhancements with new seat shapes and additional fittings, which are identical to the high-end TBM 930 version. Additionally, the TBM 910 can accommodate the “Elite Privacy” compartment - a quick-change option that integrates a lavatory area in the aircraft’s aft fuselage.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 27th July 2017 | Issue #426