SOCATA

May 2, 2008 - 10:21am

Midcoast Aviation of St. Louis has been named EADS Socata’s western hemisphere repair center. Under the terms of the agreement, Midcoast becomes the authorized repair center for the structures built by EADS Socata for the Falcon 7X.

April 28, 2008 - 7:26am

European aerospace consortium EADS is believed to be close to selling its Tarbes, France-based Socata subsidiary–the manufacturer of the TBM 850 turboprop single–to Daher, an aerospace, defense, nuclear and automotive group headquartered in Wissous, France.

April 24, 2008 - 10:58am

According to several newspaper reports, European aerospace consortium EADS is close to selling its Tarbes, France-based Socata division to Daher, an aerospace, defense, nuclear and automotive group headquartered in Wissous, France. An industry source close to the deal told AIN that Daher has completed the due diligence process, with the sale apparently hinging on Airbus awarding a contract for A350 work to Socata.

March 3, 2008 - 6:45am

Socata TBM 700, Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–In the crash of the TBM that killed all three aboard, the NTSB determined the probable cause was both pilots’ failure to maintain aircraft control during a missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB). The commercial pilot, who had 125 hours of instrument time, had filed a flight plan for the wrong airport and received a weather briefing for that airport.

February 27, 2008 - 5:48am

The single-engine turboprop TBM 850 is now available with an upgraded cockpit, based on the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, the French manufacturer announced in January. The rationalized information display stands to improve pilots’ situational awareness. Now the panel of the TBM 850 looks like that of the Cessna Citation Mustang very light jet, which is also based on the G1000, but Socata has customized the system to its six-seater.

February 5, 2008 - 12:03pm

EADS Socata chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard announced last month that the France-based manufacturer is evaluating production of a new turboprop or business jet that is bigger than the TBM 850 turboprop single. “We have the capability, market expertise and credibility to produce a faster and longer-range aircraft,” he said, adding that the new airplane would offer two more seats than the 850.

February 5, 2008 - 11:27am

EADS Socata unveiled an upgraded TBM 850 turboprop single last month 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 featuring the Garmin G1000, new environmental control system, reconfigured cabin and a forward baggage area. Cockpit and cabin changes have reduced airframe weight, increasing the TBM 850’s useful load by 110 pounds.

January 30, 2008 - 10:33am

The 2003 Paris Air Show will open its doors June 15 to 22 against a backdrop of bitter conflict and recriminations. But enough of relations between the U.S. and France. This year’s Le Bourget show also cannot fail to be overshadowed by the ramifications of the war in Iraq, which, as of press time, was still raging, despite the best efforts of the Chirac administration and several other major world leaders to halt the conflict.

January 29, 2008 - 10:58am

EADS Socata chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard told AIN that the France-based manufacturer is evaluating production of a new turboprop or business jet that is bigger than the company’s TBM 850 turboprop single. “We have the capability, market expertise and credibility to produce a faster and longer-range aircraft,” he said, adding that the new airplane would offer two more seats than the six-seat TBM 850.

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.

 
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