EADS Socata last month broke ground for a factory to be operated by Socaero, the company’s Moroccan subsidiary at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Socaero, which already employs 90 people, will work on subassemblies for the TBM 850 turboprop single and for Socata’s aerostructure business. This includes elements for the Eurocopter AS 350/355 and Dassault Falcon 7X.
EADS Socata last month appointed Executive Airlines the long-term area sales representative for the TBM 850 turboprop single in Australia and New Zealand. The French aircraft manufacturer also set up a TBM parts inventory to support the network of Australian TBM service centers. This inventory will be managed by Executive Airlines, which is based at Melbourne-Essendon Airport.
Socata–the Tarbes, France-based manufacturer of the TBM 850 turboprop single–will be majority owned by French-based aerostructure specialist Daher under an agreement reached last month with Socata parent company EADS. Daher is acquiring a 70-percent stake in Socata and has an option to buy the remaining 30 percent in three years.
Socata–the Tarbes, France-based manufacturer of the TBM 850 turboprop single–will be majority owned by French-based aerostructure specialist Daher under an agreement reached yesterday with Socata parent company EADS. The transaction amount was not disclosed. Daher is acquiring a 70-percent stake in Socata and has an option to buy the remaining 30 percent in three years.
Despite its name, Luxembourg-based Jetfly is a fractional ownership aircraft program that uses single-engine turboprops exclusively. This year it has continued
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Is it a jet? Is it a turboprop? That’s the question that remains after Socata confirmed here yesterday that it is still pursuing a twin-engine aircraft to augment its product line beyond the TBM 850 turboprop single. Company officials were tight-lipped about details, other than saying that the aircraft, codenamed NTx (NT for New Twin), will be bigger, faster and have two more seats than a TBM 850.
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Nothing re-ignites interest in new turboprops faster than a good old-fashioned “fuel crisis.”
The Cutter Aviation (Booth No. 1225) FBO chain will be integrating its maintenance, avionics, warranty service and support into a single business unit. The company’s goal is to “create an enhanced and more consistent customer experience at all Cutter service facilities, including its Hawker Beechcraft, Piper and Socata authorized service centers,” said company president Will Cutter.