Jet A was in the air at Amelia Island, Fla., in late October as the annual TBM Owners and Pilots Association met for the ninth time. A total of 95 TBM 700 and 850 very fast turboprops landed at Fernandina Beach Airport for the event, held Oct. 24-27. More than 275 registrants took part in educational and entertainment events based at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton. "To say this year's Annual TBMOPA Convention was a success is an understatement," said Larry Glazer, the TBMOPA's incoming president. "All participants agreed that it was our best event ever, and we anticipate attracting an even wider audience in the coming years."
A roster of well-known aviation experts made presentations of particular interest to the single-pilot, high-altitude audience, including Dr. Paul Buza, who spoke on high-altitude physiology; NTSB member Dr. Mark Rosekind, who talked about pilot fatigue; and Dr. David Strahle, who discussed radar and thunderstorms. TBM's Nicholas Chabbert said the successful event highlighted the bond between TBM owners. "Beyond the large numbers of this event, the 2012 convention demonstrated the passion our customers have for their aircraft, which is communicative," he said.