French equipment manufactuer Daher has announced the completion of the 800th TBM very fast turboprop business aircraft, which rolled out from the company’s final assembly line at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport on 20th September.
The milestone aircraft is a TBM 930 – the latest addition to the TBM family, which is in production along with the TBM 900 version. The event comes 25 years after the first TBM model, the TBM 700, entered production. The TBM 900 and TBM 930 have logged more than 150 orders since their launch in 2014, with 132 delivered as of September 15, 2016.
For the 800th TBM rollout, Daher employees involved in the TBM programme gathered around the aircraft for a photo before the aircraft’s departure to the United States – where it will be received by Elliott Aviation in Des Moines, Iowa, which is Daher’s authorized TBM distributor for North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.
The 500th TBM was a TBM 850 version that rolled out of the factory in 2009, followed by the 600th at the end of 2011 (also a TBM 850). The 700th TBM was a TBM 900 completed in 2014.
The TBM 930, retains the TBM 900’s airframe enhancements while integrating the Garmin G3000 avionics suite – the first touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck ever designed for light turbine aircraft, with three wide-format WXGA displays.
The global fleet of TBM 700s, TBM 850s, TBM 900s and TBM 930s are flown by more than 730 customers in 35 countries on six continents.