Socata TBM700, Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2010–After approaching the destination airport near dusk in deteriorating weather, the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear before landing, causing substantial damage to the aircraft’s fuselage skin, stringers and wing attachment fittings.
Work on Gulfstream’s midsize jets played a major role in keeping 2009 income levels up for Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation. The Pilatus Aircraft-owned company also supports the PC-12 and Porter turboprop singles as well as the TBM 700/850 series, Citations and Caravans, the DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Beech 1900. Altenrhein’s 50,000-sq-ft facility can accommodate five Gulfstreams.
Socata TBM700, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 13, 2009–The turboprop single crashed into woods during a landing attempt at Truckee-Tahoe Airport in fog and light snow. According to the pilot, he determined there was not enough runway left after exiting a fog bank and attempted a go-around. He added power, but the aircraft could not climb above the trees past the departure end of Runway 28.
Socata TBM700, Kennesaw, Ga., July 15, 2008–The NTSB attributed the fatal crash of the single-engine turboprop to the pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during final approach, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. The aircraft was destroyed and its pilot killed when it rolled inverted and collided with trees short of the runway at Cobb County-McCollum Field.
Socata TBM 700, Kennesaw, Ga., July 15, 2008–The turboprop single was destroyed and its pilot killed when it rolled inverted and collided with trees short of the runway at Cobb County-McCollum Field. The pilot was concluding a one-hour flight in VMC from Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, Ga.
Socata TBM 700, Clovis, N.M., Dec. 22, 2008–The Board ruled that the pilot’s failure to complete the before-landing checklist led to his failure to lower the gear. The gear-up landing substantially damaged the single-engine turboprop. The pilot was using the autopilot for a straight-in approach to the non-towered airport’s Runway 22.
Daher-Socata is still mulling a new eight- to 10-seat twin-engine aircraft to enter the market segment above its extremely popular TBM 850 turboprop single, but a decision could come by the end of the year.
One year after the first major upgrade since its inception in the early 1990s, the Pilatus PC-12 NG remains the best seller in the pressurized single-engine turboprop class of aircraft which the Swiss manufacturer helped to create. Pilatus (Booth No. 7031 and on the static display) delivered 97 PC-12s last year, of which about three quarters were the New Generation versions.
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification manager for general aviation Roger Hardy said VLJs are classified as high-performance aircraft (HPA). However, he admitted that the Part 23 rules are “frankly not geared to HPAs the way Part 25 is. It was drafted in the 1960s and has barely kept pace, with special conditions used to supplement the code to cover new technology such as FADECs and composite structures.”
nounced an exclusive agreement with EADS Socata to distribute TBM technical publications.
“We are excited about the ability for our customers to automatically download the most current airframe, engine and propeller technical information for the TBM 700, A, B, C1 and C2 and TBM 850 using NavigatorV. This helps our customers improve safety and efficiency,” said Raphael Maitre, Socata vice president of customer service.