TBMOPA reaches all time high
Last week, the 2017 TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) convention took place at San Antonio International, TX.
According to a statement by Daher-Socata – manufacturer of the TBM series of aircraft – this year’s edition brought together an all-time high of 117 TBM aircraft to one single location. All models ranging from the TBM 700, the TBM 850 and the TBM 900 series of aircraft – consisting of the TBM 900, TBM 910 and TBM 930 – were all represented during the convention. On the agenda were dynamic academic sessions customized for the TBM, featuring presentations by Daher as the aircraft manufacturer, along with TBM system vendors such as Pratt & Whitney Canada (producer of the TBM’s PT6 turboprop engine) and Hartzell (the TBM propeller supplier).
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The 2017 convention was attended by 325 participants. The focus was on airmanship and safety, with an emphasis this year on maintaining flight control at low level, along with pilot situational awareness. Daher-Socata also introduced new retrofit options for earlier TBM versions, such as the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics update, the integration of an angle-of-attack (AoA) indicator, installation of a gaseous oxygen system and the addition of landing gear doors.
“The 2017 TBMOPA convention reflects the TBM fleet’s continued expansion, with overall deliveries of our very fast turboprop aircraft now surpassing the 860-unit milestone and a new aircraft delivered almost every week,” commented Daher-Socata Airplane Business Unit Senior VP Nicolas Chabbert.
“The 2017 TBMOPA convention marked another step in meeting our association’s goal of promoting safety and providing opportunities to maximize both the pleasure and utility of the TBM ownership experience,” TBMOPA Chairman Howard Janzen further explained. “We very much appreciate Daher’s efforts in supporting safety-based enhancements to existing aircraft as well as for their new production aircraft. It is a sign of the TBM manufacturer’s long-term commitment to the product line.”