March 13, 2014
unveiled its latest aircraft from its TBM line of single-engine turboprops Wednesday - the TBM 900. According to the company, the new six-place aircraft offers improved efficiency, an enhanced environment for both pilots and passengers, and superior performance without increased fuel consumption or additional engine power.
The TBM 900 involved more than 160,000 research and development hours, along with 200 hours of flight testing, and is certificated ready for deliveries beginning this month.
Among the 26 modifications featured in the TBM 900 are:
Winglets, a vertical tailfin strake, and a new tail cone to optimize aerodynamics
A five-blade composite prop and redesigned spinner
A complete nose-to-firewall redesign for improved engine airflow circulation featuring a banana-shaped air intake, carbon-fiber cowlings, and new exhaust stacks
Ergonomic control yoke with new functions, restyled cockpit panel for increased visibility and interaction with secondary system controls
Revised cockpit center pedestal incorporating a single-control throttle operation that works with a new torque limiter enabling use of 850 hp. engine power at takeoff
Completely revamped electrical system with 300-amp starter generator allowing new avionics and electronic device installs. Its new electric core enables a semi-automatic start-up, while the new-generation 100-amp stand-by alternator provides electrical input in case of power supply loss;
Lower cabin noise levels, an automated pressurization system and new-design seats.
The 900 keeps primary airframe commonality with the TBM 850 - including the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D. Top cruise speed is increased to 330 KTAS at 28,000 ft., and maximum range rises to 1,730 nm with five adult passengers, with a 37 gph fuel consumption rate.
By using the available 850 shp. engine power from takeoff, ground roll is reduced, even in high density altitude conditions, while the climb rate to the 31,000 ft. ceiling improves to 18 minutes, 45 seconds.
"Today, we are introducing a new aircraft to business aviation: the TBM 900, which benefits from the resources of Daher and some $30 million of investment," said Patrick Daher, Chairman and CEO.