200th TBM 900 ready for duty
The TBM 900 “very fast turboprop” – as the company calls it – was introduced in March 2014. The milestone aircarft is actually a TBM 910 – a upgraded version of the TBM 900, adding the Garmin next-generation G1000 NXi avionics suite to the cockpit – and was delivered to Cutter Aviation in San Antonio, TX, who operates as the OEM’s authorized TBM distributor for the southern US states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
The TBM 900 family consists of two members: the TBM 910 and TBM 930 – the latter operating with Garmin’s G3000 integrated flight deck. According to a company statement, the avionics developments on both aircraft come together with passenger comfort refinements, incorporating new seatings, as well as the Elite Privacy option for a quick-change lavatory compartment in the TBM’s aft fuselage. Additionally, both aircraft enjoy enhanced airframe aerodynamic optimization through the addition of winglets, along with the integration of a vertical tailfin strake and new tail cone; the use of a five-blade composite propeller and redesigned spinner; as well as a completely revamped electrical system.
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“This 200th aircraft’s roll-out is proof that our TBM 900-series aircraft are not only the fastest single-engine turboprop airplanes, they are the fastest-selling TBMs ever – with 200 aircraft produced in less than four years,” clamied Daher-Socata Airplane Business Unit Senior VP Nicolas Chabbert.