Daher launched the TBM 940, an upgraded version that succeeds its top-of-the-line 930 with new features that include an integrated autothrottle, automatic deicing system, and cabin improvements, the airframer announced Thursday at the TBM Owners and Pilots Association Safety Seminar in Pompano Beach, Florida. “This newest TBM family member underscores our firm commitment to constant improvement for the ownership and operational experience with our very fast turboprop aircraft,” said Daher Airplane Business Unit senior v-p Nicolas Chabbert.
The 940’s autothrottle, a Garmin system, is the first to be included on a production single-engine turboprop weighing less than 12,500 pounds, Daher claims, and adjusts the airplane’s speeds based on the preset flight profile. (The first autothrottle certified on a sub-12,500-pound turboprop is the Innovative Solutions & Support system in the Pilatus PC-12.) The autothrottle also allows the 940 to be operated at the edge of approved power regimes for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D.
The airplane also gets more automation on the deicing system, which is automatically activated—and displays an amber crew alerting system message—when icing or ice accumulation is detected and the pilot doesn’t take action. The cabin gets redesigned seats, additional thermal insulation in the cabin sidewalls, a central shelf with side storage, an additional 115-volt electric outlet at the right rear seat panel, and a USB port bringing the total to six passenger and three pilot ports.
The 940’s range of up to 1,730 nm is unchanged from the 930. FAA and EASA certification of the airplane, priced at $4.13 million with standard equipment, is expected to be received at Aero Friedrichshafen, April 10-13, in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Through the end of 2018, Daher has delivered 267 TBM 900-series airplanes, which includes the 910.