DAHER-SOCATA Rolls Out 600th TBM Aircraft
The very fast turboprop program exceeds its initial goal in total airplanes produced
October 20, 2011 – The TBM 850 turboprop DAHER-SOCATA rolled out on Thursday marked the 600th production TBM produced at the company’s production facility in Tarbes, France. TBM-related teams gathered there to recognize the milestone aircraft before it was delivered to a private customer from the northwestern U.S.
“With the roll-out of TBM No. 600, we celebrate the success of this program, which initially targeted building just 600,” stated Stéphane Mayer, president and CEO of DAHER-SOCATA. “While this goal has now been achieved, we’re not stopping here, as the TBM represents a key product and an important asset for the DAHER Group.”
The global TBM fleet, including 850 and 700 versions, has accumulated nearly 900,000 flight hours, said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Division and president of SOCATA North America.
The TBM 700 was the first certified production pressurized single-engine aircraft in 1990, and 300 were produced by June 2004. The 850 debuted in 2006 when an 850-hp PW&C PT6A-66D was added, creating what the company calls “the world fastest single-engine aircraft” with a maximum cruise speed of 320 ktas (593 km/hr) at 26,000 feet (7,940 meters).
This year DAHER-SOCATA celebrates the 100th anniversary of continuous aircraft production, which began in 1911 with its predecessor company, Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier.