Daher rolls out the 1,000th TBM
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The number of TBMs produced since Daher’s acquisition of this product line 10 years ago has surpassed the total built throughout the program’s previous history
On 21 September, the 1,000th TBM very fast turboprop rolled out from Daher’s final assembly line at Tarbes in the south of France. The aircraft, a top-of-the-line TBM 940, was destined for an owner/operator in the USA.
Commenting on the milestone, Senior Vice President of Daher Nicolas Chabbert noted that the number of TBMs produced since Daher’s acquisition of this aircraft product line, ten years ago, has surpassed the total built throughout the program’s previous history. Chabbert mentioned that, when the TBM was originally launched in the 1980s, there was some scepticism about the market attractiveness of a pressurised single-engine turboprop aeroplane, and there were doubts as to whether the initial sales goal of six hundred units would be attained.
The TBM 900-series aircraft currently in production represent the sixth generation of the family, and are offered in two production versions: the TBM 940, incorporating Garmin’s G3000 avionics with the new HomeSafe emergency autoland function, auto-throttle and touch screen controls; and the TBM 910, with Garmin next-generation G1000 NXi avionics technology.