Schlagwort-Archive: Turboprop

Daher deliveres 20 new TBM 960

Daher announced that deliveries of the latest member in its TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family – the TBM 960 – have reached 20. 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 have 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.

Daher launches the TBM 960 with digital power

Daher unveiled the latest high-end version of its TBM pressurized single turboprop aircraft family – the TBM 960 – which incorporates Pratt & Whitney Canada’s advanced PT6E-66XT engine and a fully digital e-throttle, along with a digitally-controlled cabin that incorporates an all-new environmental control system, LED ambience lighting and electrically-dimmable windows.

The TBM 960 retains the rapid speed of Daher’s TBM family while enabling lower fuel consumption. At Daher’s recommended cruise setting of 308 kts., the fuel consumption is only 57 U.S. gallons per hour, which is a 10% fuel economy compared to the maximum cruise setting for more sustainability. At the heart of this latest TBM version is the intelligent PT6E-66XT powerplant and Hartzell Propeller’s five-blade Raptor™ composite propeller, both of which are linked to the dual-channel digital Engine and Propeller Electronic Control System (EPECS).

With the EPECS, the PT6E-66XT’s startup is fully automated after a single-switch activation. The cockpit’s power lever is an e-throttle, using a single forward position from takeoff to landing – with the EPECS optimizing powerplant performance throughout the flight envelope while reducing pilot workload by integrating all functions and protecting the engine’s life. Analysis of engine parameters is driven by 100-plus smart data inputs. The Raptor™ propeller is fully integrated into the propulsion system. It is specifically designed to reduce overall weight and improve the TBM 960’s takeoff distance, climb and cruise speed. Turning at 1,925 rpm during maximum power output, the Raptor contributes to limiting noise and vibration. Its sound level during takeoff is just 76.4 decibels, meeting the most stringent international noise standards.

With its G3000® integrated flight deck, the TBM 960 retains Daher’s e-copilot® concentration of technological innovation and safety systems in the TBM, which can be compared to an “electronic copilot.” This includes an icing protection system, flight envelope monitoring through the Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) and the Under-speed Protection (USP) systems, the Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) function, as well as the game-changing HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system. New to the TBM 960 is the Garmin GWX™ 8000 doppler weather radar with advanced surveillance features such as lightning and hail prediction, turbulence detection, zero blind range for close-in returns, and ground clutter suppression. The TBM 960 also is the first application of Garmin’s GDL® 60 next-generation data transmitter for automatic database upload and interconnection with mobile devices.

The TBM 960’s Prestige cabin extends Daher’s use of digital power inside the aircraft, featuring an all-new environmental control system, LED ambience strip lighting integrated into both sides of the overhead ceiling panel, and electronically-dimmable windows – all controlled by a Passenger Comfort Display (PCD). Enhancements in the cabin’s style and comfort also include new ergonomically enhanced seats, USB-A and USB-C power plugs, individual cupholders and headset hangers for each occupant. For the TBM 960, a fifth TBM paint scheme – called Sirocco, based on the creativity of French designer Alexandre Echasseriau – has been added to the aircraft’s style customization possibilities. The TBM 960 has been certified by EASA (the European Union Aviation Safety Agency); with certification by the U.S. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) currently underway. Deliveries will begin in the first half of 2022. Source: ‘Daher.com‘.

Tradewind Aviation kauft 20 PC-12 NGX

Tradewind Aviation hat einen Kaufvertrag über 20 PC-12 NGX unterzeichnet. Das Unternehmen erweitert seine Flotte auf 38 Flugzeuge und wird damit zu einem der grössten PC-12 Betreiber weltweit. Die erste einmotorige Turboprop-Maschine der neusten Generation wird im dritten Quartal 2022 ausgeliefert. Über die kommenden fünf Jahre werden dann drei bis vier PC-12 NGX jährlich übergeben. Das US-Unternehmen Tradewind Aviation macht seit 2001 private Charter- als auch Linienflüge in den USA und in der Karibik. Der Kauf der PC-12 NGX stärkt nicht nur die langjährige Beziehung zwischen Tradewind und Pilatus, sondern ermöglicht es dem privaten Lufttransportunternehmen, seine Pilatus Flotte erheblich zu verbessern, wovon schlussendlich die Passagiere wie auch die Crews profitieren werden.

Eric Zipkin, Mitgründer und Präsident von Tradewind Aviation, sagt: «Wir sind sehr stolz, unsere Pilatus PC-12 Flotte zu erneuern und unsere Partnerschaft mit dem angesehenen Branchenführer Pilatus weiter auszubauen. Wir freuen uns darauf, unseren Kunden mit diesen brandneuen Flugzeugen einen hervorragenden Service zu bieten und unser Wachstum in den kommenden Jahren fortzusetzen.» Thomas Bosshard, CEO der US-Tochtergesellschaft von Pilatus, der Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd, fügt hinzu: «Unsere Kunden schätzen die Zuverlässigkeit, die Leistung, die Sicherheit und die Innovation, die der PC-12 NGX zu bieten hat. Die Nachfrage auf dem Markt ist ungebrochen hoch, was die Einzigartigkeit des Flugzeuges bestätigt. Wir freuen uns, unsere Partnerschaft mit Tradewind auszubauen und wir sind dankbar, Teil ihres zukünftigen Erfolges zu sein.» Tradewind verzeichnet eine jährlich stetig steigende Nachfrage nach privaten Charterflügen. Die Airline plant, neue Flugrouten in ihr Netz aufzunehmen und zusätzliche Serviceoptionen anzubieten. Quelle: ‘Pilatus‘.