DAHER-SOCATA exhibited AVEX’s TBM 850, very fast turboprop, at the National Business Aviation Association’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention last week, where the aircraft was displayed at the static display outside the convention center.
Much of the focus at NBAA’s 2011 event was on the use of the light business airplanes such as the TBM 850 to meet rapid business transportation needs in today’s challenging economic environment.
“Our TBM 850 very fast turboprop’s debut appearance in the city of Las Vegas delivers a ‘closer to the point’ message, and is a good way to highlight its role as a highly productive transportation tool for a company,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the President of SOCATA North America. “The TBM 850’s unique performance-to-cost ratio makes it economically acceptable, and its ability to land at small airports significantly reduces travel time compared to larger aircraft.”
Terry Winson, the Director of Sales at Avex – DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM distributor for the Southwest U.S. – noted that an increasing number of operators who previously utilized jets are now considering the TBM for their business travel. “Adding to the TBM 850’s credibility is its lineage, which is linked to a company that has been in the airplane business for 100 years,” he added.
The TBM 850 is world’s fastest single turboprop aircraft, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at Flight Level 260 (in ISA conditions). It combines the cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and eco-friendly environmental signature of a turboprop engine.
DAHER-SOCATA displayed the TBM 850 alongside the annual operating costs and carbon emissions of competing aircraft including: Eight Passenger Turboprop, Light Twin Turboprop, Very Light Jet, Light Jet, Medium Jet, and Large Jet. The approach gained attention from flight departments seeking an efficient alternative to using heavier, more expensive equipment on 500-900NM trips.
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