Socata Introduces 2013 TBM Model
Daher-Socata brought the newest model of its popular TBM 850 turboprop to Sun 'n Fun last week. The 2013 Elite version features integrated electronic solid-state standby instruments by L-3 Avionics, the Trilogy ESI-2000, to replace the previous electro-mechanical instrument version. The unit has an internal battery and a 4-by-3-inch active matrix liquid crystal display. Interior enhancements include a new perforated seatback design that improves comfort on hot days, the company said. The company is also offering a special interior upgrade package, and an extended maintenance program good for five years or 1,000 hours.
Additional safety options in the 2013 Elite package are a GPS-linked emergency locator transmitter and a pulsed light system that alternately flashes the landing, taxi and recognition lights 45 times per minute to increase the aircraft's visibility. Socata also has extended its recommended maintenance intervals on new production aircraft from 100 hours to 200 hours or 12 months. To celebrate 150 years since the founding of Daher, the company is working on a film about the history of aviation in France that will debut later this summer at EAA AirVenture.