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The company unveiled the newest member in its TBM family of very fast, single-engine turboprop business aircraft – the TBM 900 – which offers improved efficiency, an enhanced environment for both pilots and passengers, and superior performance without increased fuel consumption or additional engine power.
Developed during a more than three-year program involving 160,000 research and development hours, along with 200 hours of flight testing, the TBM 900 has been certified and will be ready for deliveries beginning this month.Daher-Socata has integrated 26 modifications in the TBM 900, building on the solid basis of its TBM aircraft family, including:
Retaining primary airframe commonality with the predecessor TBM 850 – including its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D powerplant – the enhanced TBM 900 version ensures a proven airframe/engine combination.The TBM 900’s top cruise speed is increased to 330 KTAS at 28,000 ft., and its maximum range is extended to 1,730 naut. mi. with five adult passengers as a result of the fuel consumption reduction to 37 U.S. gallons per hour.By using the available 850 shp. engine power from takeoff, the aircraft’s ground roll is reduced – even in hot-and-high conditions – while its improved climb rate enables the 31,000-ft. ceiling to be reached in 18 minutes, 45 seconds.Some of the TBM 900’s new elements are manufactured at company's aerostructures and systems production sites in France for composite components and piping.The optimization of this latest TBM family member was achieved through major efforts in modeling, including the use of computational fluid dynamics – enabling detailed assessments of airflow around the aircraft that replaced traditional wind tunnel testing. As a result, the TBM 900’s performance and handling was determined with high precision.
Additionally, advance work conducted by Daher-Socata facilitated the flight test phase and allowed an important time savings in research and development.More information: www.daher.com