Daher recently unveiled the newest version of its single-engine turboprop, the TBM 940 that now includes autothrottle, an automatic deicing system and a number of cabin-interior enhancements. The TBM 940 retains the same range and handling qualities as earlier 900-series aircraft, including a maximum range of 1,730 nm, a maximum cruise speed of 330 knots, the ability to carry up to six people and regularly depart from runways of a little less than 2,400 feet.
The company says the TBM 940’s Garmin autothrottle fully integrates with the aircraft’s autopilot and is the first to be installed on a standard production turboprop weighing less than 12,500 pounds. The engine parameters display for the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D is simplified through an intuitive single gauge. The PT6A powerplant is connected to a five-blade Hartzell composite propeller to help keep noise levels low, both inside and outside of the cabin.
The 940’s new deicing system is activated automatically on the airframe, windshield, propeller and the engine’s particle separator if the pilot does not take action when icing or ice accumulation is detected. The cockpit includes a Garmin G3000 all-glass integrated avionics system that incorporates high-resolution displays and touchscreen controllers. The TBM 940 comes standard with a number of safety features that include an angle-of-attack indicator, under-speed protection, an autopilot-controlled emergency descent mode and a stick shaker to provide envelope protection.
Daher has incorporated ergonomic and style upgrades to the cabin as well, including redesigned seats, additional thermal insulation in the cabin sidewalls, a new central storage shelf, an additional 115V electrical outlet at the right rear seat panel and USB charging ports that increase the overall total to six for passengers and three for the pilots.
The TBM 940 replaces the 930. Daher also offers the TBM 910 equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics. Certification of the TBM 940 by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the FAA is expected shortly, allowing new aircraft deliveries to begin this month.