Daher introduced TBM Charter Pack, a suite of OEM support services for Part 135 operators flying the company’s TBM series (700/850/900) single-engine turboprops. The offering, announced Monday at NBAA 2015, includes an extended version of Daher’s TBM Care Program; continuing airworthiness monitoring through CAMP Systems; a TBM maintenance hotline; and TBM professional training courses. Daher (Booth C13307) developed the product in response to rising use of the TBMs for charter operations.
“As TBM charter flights continue to develop around the globe, we want our services to best match the expectations of commercial operators,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of the French company’s airplane business unit. He noted that Australia’s Wagga Air Centre flies a TBM for charter, as does France’s Voldirect, while Altijet, also in France, has filed for an air operator certificate for the TBM it recently purchased.
EASA is expected to soon approve passenger charter flights aboard single-engine turboprops in IFR conditions, which should further expand TBM charter ops on the continent. Little Hawk Logistics, a Virginia-based charterer formed in June, also operates a TBM 850, it’s sole aircraft, under the Meridian Air Group’s Part 135 charter certificate.
Here at NBAA 2015, Little Hawk CEO Eric Waldon said performance of the TBM “translates into charter costs that are well below any other solution–at greater speed and comfort.”