Daher announced that deliveries of the latest member in its TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family – the TBM 960 – have reached 20, with the momentum continuing to meet the company’s solid order book.
Of this total, 17 TBM 960s have been received by customers in the United States, with these handovers initiated by Daher following the aircraft’s certification on June 23 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness authority. The three other TBM 960s were delivered to customers in Europe based on the previous certification approval by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
“The TBM 960’s benefits of digital power for enhanced sustainability, a superior piloting experience and increased cabin comfort has created a strong demand for our latest TBM version,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division. “We’re nearly fully booked for 2023, with a significant percentage of these orders coming from customers in North America and Europe.”
The recipient of the 20th-delivered TBM 960 was Johnie Weems, a businessman from South Florida, who has owned three previous-version TBMs. “The TBM 960’s advanced technology reduces the single pilot’s workload, which ultimately leads to safer flights,” he commented. “I want to thank the Daher team for having an innovative mindset and pursuing the quest to make an already very capable aircraft even better.”
After taking delivery of his new TBM 960 at the factory of Daher’s Aircraft Division in Tarbes, France, Weems performed the transatlantic flight back to South Florida with legendary ferry pilot, Margrit Waltz. “This was truly an amazing experience and an eye-opener as to the capabilities of the TBM. I was amazed at how simple the TBM 960 made the crossing.”