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Waltz honoured by Daher for 960th ferry flight
For her 960th ferry flight, Margrit Waltz flew a TBM 960 from France to the owner in Florida. She was one of the first pilots to ferry a TBM across the Atlantic in 1991 and has since delivered more than 300.
In honour of her 960th ferry flight, legendary ferry pilot Margrit Waltz receives a commemorative plaque and flowers from Nicolas Chabbert, CEO of Daher's Aircraft Division.
Read this story in our May 2024 printed issue.

Daher has congratulated Margrit Waltz on her 960th ferry flight, which she achieved last month on a transatlantic trip that delivered a new production TBM 960 turboprop aircraft for an owner in North America. As one of the world's most experienced ferry pilots, Waltz performed her milestone flight from Daher's TBM production facility in Tarbes, France to the US operations base for Daher's Aircraft Division at Pompano Beach, Florida.

"It was a great trip: good winds, good weather - and with the excellent performance of the TBM 960," Waltz comments.

Her 960th journey was completed in a flight time of 15 hours, 38 minutes and involved stopovers at Wick in the UK; Keflavik, Iceland; and Canada's Goose Bay; followed by the initial US landing at Bangor, Maine and the arrival at Pompano Beach Airpark in Florida. It marked 48 years of activity at the service of general aviation for this German-born ferry pilot who lives in Pennsylvania's Lackawanna County. In 1991, Waltz was one of the first pilots to ferry a TBM family aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean for Daher. Since then, she has delivered more than 300 TBMs to the North American continent, while flying others to Africa, Asia and Australia.

"It's highly symbolic that Margrit flew the milestone trip with a TBM 960, as her ferry flight services on behalf of Daher during the past three decades have contributed to the TBM program's success," says aircraft division CEO Nicolas Chabbert. "With her professionalism and aviator skills she sets a wonderful example for all women aspiring to a career in aviation."

In recalling her experience with the TBM, Waltz adds: "It was love at first flight, as the TBM was a cut above the aircraft that I was flying at the time. The TBM 960 definitely is my favourite airplane, as it has all the capabilities a pilot can expect. I want to thank Daher for its confidence during the past 33 years, along with the incredible support from the company's factory team in Tarbes, as well as from the community of TBM owners and operators."

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