Daher’s newest member of the TBM single-turboprop family, the 940, now has U.S. FAA validation. The nod follows EASA certification last spring and comes nearly seven months after the French airframer unveiled the model at the TBM Owners and Pilots Association Safety Seminar in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Succeeding the TBM 930 on the production line, the $4.13 million TBM 940 is equipped with Garmin G3000 avionics, an intuitive single smart engine gauge, and a Daher/Garmin autothrottle, the first single-engine turboprop weighing less than 12,500 introduced with that feature on the production line.
Additionally, the TBM 940 has new functionality through its Garmin GWX 70 radar, including turbulence detection, and along with its sibling TBM 910, comes with a new automatic icing-detection system.
The TBM 940’s cabin also received a refresh with redesigned seats, additional thermal insulation in the cabin sidewalls, a central shelf with side storage, an additional 115-volt electric outlet, and a total of six passenger and three pilot ports.
Deliveries began in June with the first nine shipped in that month, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. But underscoring the importance of U.S. approval, Nicolas Chabbert, senior v-p of the OEM’s airplane business unit, said during EBACE that the majority of orders to that point had come from customers in North America.