Daher last week unveiled the newest version of its single-engine turboprop, the TBM 940, that includes autothrottle, an automatic de-icing system, as well as a number of cabin interior enhancements. The announcement came during the safety seminar meeting of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association held in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The company says the TBM 940’s auto-throttle fully integrates with the airplane’s autopilot and is the first ever installed on a standard production turboprop weighing less than 12,500 lbs. Innovative Solutions & Support offers a retrofit version for the PC-12 NG. The engine parameters display for the TBM 940’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D is simplified through an intuitive single smart gauge.
The TBM 940’s deicing system is automatically activated for deicing of the airframe, windshield, propeller and the engine’s particle separator when icing or ice accretion is detected and the pilot does not take action.
Daher has also incorporated ergonomic and style upgrades 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 additional USB charging for a total of six for passengers and three for the pilots.
The TBM 940 retains the same range and handling qualities as earlier generation aircraft in the 900 series. Certification of the TBM 940 by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA is expected to be received at Aero Friedrichshafen 2019 allowing new aircraft deliveries to begin late spring of 2019.