Daher introduced today the latest model in its single-engine turboprop line, the TBM 940. The new model features an auto-throttle and automatic de-icing system, substantially reducing pilot workload. “The TBM 940 redefines the ultimate private aircraft: user-friendly, safe and efficient for both pilots and passenger,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President. “This newest TBM family member underscores our firm commitment to constant improvement for the ownership and operational experience with our very fast turboprop aircraft.”
A key feature of the TBM 940 is the automated throttle. This is the first installation on a standard production turboprop aircraft under 12,500 pounds and is fully integrated with the autopilot. This single-power level auto-throttle automatically adjusts the aircraft’s speeds based on the present flight profile – from climb-out to approach for landing.
The autothrottle enables the TBM940 to be operated to the edge of approved power regimes for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D turboprop engine, providing optimum engine performance and efficiency. The engine parameters display has also been simplified with an intuitive single smart gauge, shown below:
The automated de-icing systems is also a first in the category. When icing or ice accretion is detected, and if the pilot does not take action, the system is automatically activated for deicing of the airframe, windshield, propeller and the engine’s particle separator. An amber Crew Alerting System message is displayed by the avionics, advising the pilot the clear the automatic activation and revert to the manual control mode.
Daher has also incorporated ergonomic and style upgrades in the cabin, including redesigned seats, additional thermal insulation for cabin sidewalls, a new central shelf with side storage, and additional 115V electrical outlet, and additional USB ports. Certification of the new models is expected in April at Aero Friedrichshafen.