TBM 850 Right at Home at Reno
September 16, 2011 – One of the many airplanes parked on the ramp at Reno Stead Airport this week for the National Air Races had its own trial run “Reno style” against a P-51 in Oshkosh this summer. DAHER-SOCATA is exhibiting a TBM 850 very fast turboprop like the one that raced Jack Rousch’s P-51 Mustang Gentleman Jim at AirVenture on Friday, July 29. In that friendly fly-off, performed over a traditional six-lap course used for the National Air Race Championships’ Unlimited category, the TBM 850 crossed the finish line a few seconds ahead of the P-51.
“As DAHER-SOCATA marks the 100th anniversary of its aircraft manufacturing activity in 2011 – which has been set to the themes of speed and beauty – it is a natural extension of our celebration activity to include the TBM 850 at this weekend’s Reno air races,” said Nicolas Chabbert, president of SOCATA North America, and the senior vice president of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Division.
The company’s presence at Reno also supports pilot Jimmy Leeward, Unlimited category competitor flying the P-51 Galloping Ghost. Leeward provided assistance in arranging the AirVenture demonstration race.
The TBM 850 claims to be the world’s fastest single-engine turboprop, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft. (in ISA conditions). An 850-shp version of SOCATA’s TBM 700 turboprop, the TBM 850 provides cruise speed, travel times, and economical direct operating costs typical of light jets, while offering the range and excellent payload capacity of turboprop aircraft.
In honor of the centennial, DAHER-SOCATA is providing an Exclusive Maintenance Program for five years or 1,000 flight hours, including scheduled maintenance costs and annual inspections. Extended warranties are for five years on avionics and systems, and seven years on the airframe.
More than 240 TBM 850s have been delivered, bringing the combined TBM 700 and 850 fleet to 564 airplanes, exceeding 870,000 flight hours.