Daher Unveils The TBM 910
Never one to stand still, French aircraft maker Daher unveiled the TBM 910 at Sun 'n Fun this week. Although it’s not a complete revision of the popular TBM 900, the 910 features new avionics in the form of the Garmin G1000 NXi, the follow-on to the G1000 suite that has become the de facto standard for light piston and turboprop aircraft.
Daher’s Nicolas Chabbert said the 910 was given EASA certification last week and first deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled for later this month. The aircraft also has an improved interior and paint options, plus Daher's unique automatic lavatory privacy unit.
The NXi was announced by Garmin earlier this year. It includes faster processors for rapid data refreshing and improved screens over the G1000 it replaces and in the TBM version, it also has a new keyboard and joystick control. For backup instrumentation, the TBM 910 has a Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics MD301. Standard equipment also includes the Garmin Flight Stream 510, an in-cockpit wireless network that permits the avionics to communicate with tablets and other devices.
Although most of Daher’s sales are of the TBM 930, which features the Garmin G3000 touchscreen system, Chabbert says about a third of its new-airplane customers prefer to stick with the G1000 platform because they’re familiar and comfortable with it.
Daher also announced that in conjunction with Lakeland's Central Florida Aerospace Academy, it's sponsoring two maintenance internships at its Pompano Beach, Florida, service center.