First FAA-Registered Daher TBM 960 En Route to U.S.

FAA certification was officially recognized on Friday on the latest very-fast turboprop.

Daher’s latest edition of the TBM series, the TBM 960, acquired FAA certification on Friday, as revealed by aviation division CEO Nicolas Chabbert in a post on LinkedIn this morning.

“Depart des TBM 960 vers les US…”

The 960 turboprop with the new Pratt & Whitney PT6E-66XT powerplant received initial type certification under the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) authority back in March. Daher debuted the 960 at Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in April, and FLYING had the first opportunity to fly the new very-fast machine to its US base in Pompano Beach after the show.

In fact, two of the November-registered models were on their way to the US this weekend, as confirmed by the company.

A look at the flight track. [Courtesy: Daher Aircraft]

By the Numbers

The TBM 960 will be featured in the Q3 2022 issue of FLYING. Here’s a quick look at the airplane’s stats:

Price (fully equipped, 2023 delivery)$5 million
EnginePratt & Whitney PT6E-66XT
TBO5,000 hours
Horsepower895 shp
PropellerHartzell Raptor five-blade, composite
Wingspan42.1 ft.
Wing Area193.75 sq. ft
Wing Loading34 lbs/sq. ft
Power Loading8.55 lb./shp
Basic Empty Weight4,784 lb.
Zero Fuel Weight6,252 lb.
Max Takeoff Weight7,615 lb.
Max Landing Weight7,110 lb.
Max Payload1,468 lb.
Fuel at Max Payload1,398 lb.; 209 gal.
Fuel292 gal. usable
Max Rate of Climb4,000 fpm
Max Operating Altitude31,000 ft.


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