TBM 940 secures US certification

Daher has secured US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its TBM 940, and customer deliveries of the upgraded single-engined turboprop to local owners and operators are now under way.

The FAA follows the civil aviation authorities of Brazil, Japan and Europe in validating Daher's flagship. The model was launched in March as the 12th variant of the 29-year-old TBM series. Daher has delivered 22 examples to date, bringing the global tally of high-speed TBMs to more than 950 aircraft.

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

Daher says the TBM 940's auto-throttle 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 a preset flight profile.

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

The TBM 940 sits above the $3.8 million TBM 910, introduced in 2017 as the company's baseline model.