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Daher has announced the first delivery of a Model Year 2017 TBM 930 very fast turboprop aircraft to a customer, incorporating new equipment and cabin outfitting details.
The newly-delivered Model Year 2017 TBM 930 has the popular “Elite Package” enhanced interior, and includes the optional AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag in the torso section of four-point seatbelts at the two cockpit seats. When triggered, the airbag deploys up and away from the seated occupant, providing protection to the head, neck and torso.
The TBM 930’s AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag meets Federal Aviation Regulation 23.562 26g requirements for pilot/co-pilot seats, and provides additional safety for survivable impacts.
Features of the Model Year 2017 TBM 930 for passengers include a redesigned cabin with new seat cushions, headrest and armrest; along with seat fairings that are now covered with Ultraleather synthetic fabric material offering increased longevity.
Three cabin interior harmonies are available for customer choice: Black Diamond, Beige Luxor and Agate Grey. Brushed aluminum fittings for the main door stair, handrail, pilot door and rear seat side beam are standard, with a polished finish available as an option.
Introduced in the cockpit panel is Garmin’s new GTX 345 transponder, configured with ADS-B In compatibility with the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast cornerstone of airspace modernization. The “In” function enables aircraft to receive traffic and weather information (available in the U.S.).
Certain features that previously were options are now included on the 2017 TBM 930 version, such as a stick shaker linked with the Under Speed Protection (USP) system, and the Flight Stream 210 gateway that enables wireless connectivity for two mobile devices running the Garmin Pilot app.
Cabin temperature controls are now backlighted, and passengers have access to high-power USB charging ports installed on the cabin’s left and right sides. Also in the cockpit are a new digital hour meter for flight time tracking and three high-power USB charging ports (5 V/3 Amp).
As in previous years, aircraft’s “Elite Package” includes Daher’s highly-appreciated TBM Care Program (TCP), covering all scheduled maintenance costs for five years or 1,000 hours (whichever comes first). By providing a five-year standard warranty on airframe, engine, avionics and systems, this coverage clearly minimizes the TBM’s operational costs.
All Model Year 2017 TBM 930 and TBM 900 aircraft are configured to accommodate the “Elite Privacy” enclosure-a quick-change option that integrates a lavatory area in the TBM’s aft fuselage. It serves as a bench-type seat with a low divider wall when not in use during flight, and converts to a fully private toilet compartment at the touch of a button.
“We’re always devoted to delivering the best in terms of design and technology for customers, and the TBM 930 Model Year 2017 is no exception,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president of the Daher Airplane business unit. “This year, the focus is on continuous improvement through features that bring additional safety and even more passenger comfort. The result reflects the passion, imagination and commitment of our teams, who are dedicated to meeting the market’s expectations.”