People often forget that the sleek and sexy TBM 700 traces its lineage to Kerrville, Texas, the home of Mooney. In fact, TBM stands for “Tarbes-Mooney;” the TBM started as a joint development between Socata, which had its factory in Tarbes, France, and the storied American lightplane manufacturer, still based in Texas. The original TBM 700A featured Bendix/King avionics. It was replaced in 1999 by the 700B, which offered a larger rear door, an optional forward pilot door and increased gross weight. The TBM 700C1, which included a reinforced structure and other enhancements, was certified in 2003. The TBM 700C2, featuring new avionics and an increase in MTOW to 7,394 pounds, remained in production until the TBM 850 superseded it in 2006.