There is some real aviation pedigree gathered in Las Vegas for the 2011 NBAA show, but you won’t find a company with a richer heritage than France’s Daher-Socata, which this year marks its 100th anniversary in aircraft manufacturing. The company’s ancestor Morane-Saulnier was established in 1911–eight years after the Wright brothers took to the air for the first time. French family-run industrial group Daher, Socata’s current owner, is 150 years old itself. At the end of 2008, it acquired a 70-percent stake in Socata from the EADS group. The anniversary has been marked with a series of special events throughout 2011, but most notably by the introduction of a special centenary edition of its TBM 850 single turboprop business and utility aircraft.
The world’s first production and certified very light jet, the Morane Saulnier MS760 Paris Jet, has a new lease on life. In October, JetSet Aviation Holdings, a subsidiary of JetSet International, announced that it had purchased the MS760 type certificate and intellectual property from France’s Socata, successor to Morane Saulnier, and that 32 MS760s are available for upgrade and purchase.