Daher has revealed the latest version of its single engine, very fast turboprop aircraft, the TBM 940. It sets new standards with the integration of an automated throttle and automatic deicing system, along with enhancements to style and ergonomic elements inside the cabin.
“The TBM 940 redefines the ultimate private aircraft: user-friendly, safe and efficient for both pilots and passengers,” says Daher airplane business unit senior vice president Nicolas Chabbert. “This newest TBM family member underscores our firm commitment to constant improvement for the ownership and operational experience with our very fast turboprop aircraft.”
One key TBM 940 feature is its automated throttle, the first ever installed on a standard production turboprop aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs. Fully integrated with the autopilot, this single power lever autothrottle automatically adjusts the aircraft's speeds based on the preset flight profile from climb-out to the landing approach. In addition to reducing pilot workload, the autothrottle enables a TBM 940 to be operated to the edge of approved power regimes for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D turboprop engine, providing optimum performance and efficiency from the powerplant. Engine parameters display is also simplified through an intuitive single smart gauge.
Also introduced is increased automation for the deicing system, another first in the TBM's aircraft category. When icing or ice accretion is detected, and if the pilot does not take action, the system is automatically activated for deicing of the airframe, windshield, propeller and the engine's particle separator. An amber CAS (crew alerting system) message is displayed by the avionics advising the pilot to clear the automatic activation and revert to the manual control mode.
The automatic deicing protection and autothrottle are fully aligned with Daher's e-copilot strategy of introducing functionality for improved operational safety on the TBM product line.
Inside the cabin, Daher has incorporated ergonomic and style upgrades that include redesigned seats, additional thermal insulation for the cabin sidewalls, a new central shelf with side storage, an additional 115V electrical outlet at the right rear seat panel and USB ports, bringing the overall total of USB ports to six for passengers and three for the pilots.
The TBM 940 retains the same range and handling qualities that made the TBM 900 series a success, with more than 267 aircraft in this product line delivered from the overall production to date.
Certification of the TBM 940 by EASA and the FAA is expected to be received in April at Aero Friedrichshafen 2019, allowing new aircraft deliveries in late spring this year.