Daher Begins U.S. Deliveries of the TBM 960

 - July 5, 2022, 12:11 PM
One of the first two TBM 960s to be delivered to U.S. customers arrived last week at Daher TBM-authorized distributor Avex at California’s Camarillo Airport before handover to its owner. (Photo: Daher)

Daher began deliveries of its new TBM 960 to U.S. customers last week, following FAA approval on June 24. Daher handed over the first-ever TBM 960 in late April to a German customer. The initial two TBM 960s for U.S. customers departed June 25 from the company’s aircraft division headquarters in Tarbes, France, and flew to separate TBM-authorized distributors—Elliott Jets in Minneapolis and Avex at California’s Camarillo Airport—for the handovers to their owners.

“I want to recognize the collaborative work of EASA and the FAA that resulted in the TBM 960’s certification,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the senior v-p of Daher’s aircraft division. “I also want to express my thanks to our U.S. customers for their patience during the certification process. We’ve had an exceptional response overall to the TBM 960 since its launch, with more than 60 orders now logged worldwide for this latest version.”

According to Chabbert, the long-distance delivery flights from Europe to the U.S. were a good opportunity to highlight the TBM 960’s digital systems, which include a dual-channel digital engine and propeller electronic control system. Emphasizing the importance of the U.S. market, he said more than 80 percent of the more than 1,080 TBMs delivered to date have gone to North American customers, a majority of which are in the U.S.