Latest TBM Makes ILA Debut
Whenever a new or updated aircraft is debuted it draws a lot of attention. The recently updated TBM850 will be making its German debut on the ILA static line soon and it is bounded to turn a lot of heads. Not only is the newest variant of the TBM850 lighter and more roomy, but it also makes use of some of the top equipment currently available in the aviation industry. No doubt pilots or airline companies looking to replace older models or older aircraft of a similar nature will be more than interested in the changes that will be showcased in the new and improved EADS Socata TBM850.
The 2008 model of the TBM850 weighs roughly 110 lbs (50kgs) less than its predecessor. This massive change in weight was mainly brought about by the use of composite materials and a glass cockpit. The aircraft’s new interior was completely redesigned to make it more spacious and pilot and passengers will find that there is a 50mm increase in width and a 20mm ceiling rise. It’s not a lot, but it is enough to make a difference. The increase in cabin size is complimented by executive-styled interiors that leave things feeling uncluttered and spacious. The overall decrease in the aircraft’s weight leaves room for the aircraft to carry a full tank of fuel as well as a total of five people. The aircraft’s fuel capacity has also been increased by 15 gallons.
The new features do not end there. The TMB850 has also been fitted with the Garmin G1000 to reduce pilot workload and make maintenance easier. The system features two PFDs and a single MFD in the center, ensuring that both pilot and co-pilot have all the assistance they need right at their fingertips. The screens used are larger than average and this should add to their appeal. The airplane has also been fitted with Liebherr Aerospace’s Global Air Control System to provide occupants with dual zone temperature control.
Germany was the perfect place to debut the aircraft as there is already a large TBM family here. Many people choose the TBM850 because it provides the speed of a jet but keeps operating costs low. The TMB850 can climb to 26 000ft in just fifteen minutes and has a cruise speed of 320kt. The newly improved TMB850 seems to be a massive success, with deliveries increasing from five to seven aircraft a year to between twelve and fourteen during the course of 2008. It would seem that with all the new improvements as well as the aircraft’s general performance capabilities, the TMB850 is definitely worth considering.