Daher has secured European certification for the TBM 940, with the paperwork from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) formally handed over to the French airframer at the show this morning.

The approval comes two months after Daher launched the latest variant of its 29-year-old single-engined turboprop, and the company is preparing to deliver the first example in June to a German customer.

"We are grateful to EASA for the quick certification process following the hard work of our teams," says Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. "We are proud to have developed an aircraft that combines power, safety and comfort – building on Daher innovation for continual improvement to the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family. The TBM 940's positive feedback from customers underscores that we're on the right path." The company has secured 25 orders for the type to date.

Priced at $4.13 million, the TBM 940 replaces the flagship 930 – introduced in 2016 – and incorporates a host of new features including an autothrottle, increased automation for the de-icing system and a redesigned and upgraded interior.

French airframer Daher says the TBM 940's autothrottle is the first to be installed on a single-engined turboprop with a maximum take-off weight of less than 5,675kg (12,500lb), and is designed to adjust the aircraft's speeds based on the preset flight profile.

The autothrottle also allows the six-seat aircraft to be operated at the edge of approved power regimes for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D.

The TBM 940 sits above the TBM 910, introduced in 2017 as the baseline model.

Since its launch in 1990, 12 variants of the high-speed aircraft have been produced and around 950 examples delivered globally.

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Source: Flight International