The first customer TBM 700C2, the latest variant of EADS Socata’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-64-powered turboprop single, has arrived at Socata’s U.S. headquarters in Pembroke Pines, Fla., ready for delivery to its Wisconsin-based owner as soon as FAA certification is finalized, which was expected at press time.
Art Maurice’s corner of the overall general aviation market is strong, and he has lots of reasons why he thinks that’s so. Maurice is a co-founder and president of Columbia Air Services, a family of companies that offers sales, maintenance, avionics, FBO services and, now, charter. Columbia, based in Groton, Conn., has built much of its reputation and following within the owner-flown turbine community.
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.
Boutsen Aviation is offering dry leases on a Cessna Citation II/SP based at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport in the south of France. The Monaco-based aircraft sales agent has purchased the pre-owned aircraft in partnership with a private individual who wants to log only about 100 flight hours per year.
Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–The new owner of TBM N198X was receiving instruction from a CFI/ATP-rated pilot when the airplane crashed on short final approach to Runway 6 at General William J. Fox Airfield (WJF) in VMC.
Socata TBM 700, Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–The TBM crashed on a missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in night IMC, killing all three occupants. The commercial pilot had initially filed a flight plan for BED (Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.), not EWB, and when he changed the flight plan to EWB he failed to obtain a weather briefing for that airport.
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
Garmin named three additional OEM platforms for its G1000 avionics system, in the Cessna Caravan, Socata TBM 850 and under-development PiperJet. Cessna announced at the show that it is making the G1000 standard equipment in the Caravan starting in the first half of next year. The upgrade will be brought to all current production Caravan models.
• France’s EADS’ Socata, builder of the TBM 700 turboprop single, has confirmed that it may develop a light twinjet. A spokesman said that marketing and feasibility studies are still at an early stage and that it would be premature to outline a possible timetable. The spokesman told AIN that the first priority is to prove sufficient demand for a new light jet and to ensure that adequate investment funds would be available for the program.
Garmin International (Booth No. 7619) scored a trifecta at NBAA’07, with three aircraft manufacturers– Cessna, Piper and Socata–announcing selection of G1000 avionics suites. Cessna Aircraft announced on Monday that it is adopting the G1000 as standard equipment in the Caravan single-engine turboprop, available in the first half of next year for all Caravan models.