Socata TB

January 22, 2008 - 11:12am

An upgraded EADS Socata TBM 850 turboprop single was unveiled late last week during a “discovery show” held at the company’s factory in Tarbes, France. The latest version of the six-seat airplane includes an integrated glass flight deck based on the Garmin G1000 system, an update that was announced at the NBAA Convention in September, as well as other improvements.

January 22, 2008 - 11:12am

An upgraded EADS Socata TBM 850 turboprop single was unveiled late last week during a “discovery show” held at the company’s factory in Tarbes, France. The latest version of the six-seat airplane includes an integrated glass flight deck based on the Garmin G1000 system, an update that was announced at the NBAA Convention in September, as well as other improvements.

January 10, 2008 - 5:09am

India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has selected the SMA SR305 diesel engine to power its new Hansa 4 four-seat light utility aircraft. The new turbocharged diesel has been developed by the French SMA consortium backed by Snecma, auto manufacturer Renault and European Aeronautics Defence & Space. The deal was announced on November 28 at the Aerotechnologies Summit in Bangalore, India.

November 2, 2007 - 11:30am

International approval of commercial operations by single-engine turbine airplanes at night, in bad weather and over inhospitable terrain, which is now prohibited
in many countries, received a considerable boost with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operations panel recommendation that such operations

September 21, 2007 - 6:44am

EADS Socata (Booth No. 3871) has started exploring a liquid-resin infusion (LRI) process for composite fuselage construction. The French company this month launched a $12.5 million, four-year research and development program, dubbed Fuscomp, which eventually is expected to yield a composite fuselage demonstrator. Its current business aircraft offering, the single-turboprop Socata TBM 850, uses mainly metal construction.

March 8, 2007 - 9:05am

The FAA has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive that requires landing-gear inspections on Socata TBM 700s with more than 1,750 landings. The AD cites the possibility of “landing gear repair or replacement” if cracks are detected. It is based on EADS Socata TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70-130, ATA No. 32, dated January 2006, which calls for a series of on-going inspections even if no cracks are detected.

December 13, 2006 - 11:45am

Proponents of commercial operations with single-engine aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) have been frustrated once again by seemingly interminable delays in prospective European approval for such flights. The European Joint Aviation Authorities had been scheduled to discuss a formal proposal last week, but that meeting has now been postponed until late in July.

December 4, 2006 - 2:21pm

EADS Socata has delivered a new TBM 700C2 to Donald “Zanda” McDonald, director of Australian beef producer MDH Holdings. McDonald, a pilot rated both on planes and helicopters, flew the aircraft himself from Socata’s facility in Tarbes, France, to Mount Isa, Australia–an 8,800-nm trip.

October 19, 2006 - 11:59am

Cyril Baert believes he has found a new market niche for single-engine turboprop aircraft in France’s business aviation sector despite yet another postponement in a long-awaited change of rules governing the commercial operation of such aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (SEIMC).

September 29, 2006 - 11:24am

SimCom now offers Socata TBM 700 training at both its Orlando, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. centers. Increased training options at both locations include the introduction of an upgrade course, specially designed for the piston or low-time pilot upgrading to the TBM 700. Meanwhile, FlightSafety International next year will add another Piaggio Avanti simulator at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla.

 
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