In March 2019, Daher (formerly Socata) announced the release of the TBM 940. It was an upgrade to the TBM 930 model and provided many new upgrades to the design, safety and infrastructure. Some of those upgrades include automatic de-icing and a Garmin system autothrottle.
Certified in May at the EBACE show, the 940 / 960 also comes with a trademarked system called Homesafe. This is an emergency auto landing technology, which helps guide passengers to a safe landing location, in case the pilot is not able to.
This single engine turboprop is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D, with a thermodynamic rating of 1,825 horsepower. As per Daher, it is one of the most powerful engines in the PT6A family. It is also considered one of the most reliable powerplants ever built in an aircraft.
In a standard configuration, this aircraft can seat a maximum of 6 passengers. It has a maximum range of 1,730 nautical miles, at a long-range cruise speed with 4 passengers. Its maximum cruise speed is approximately Mach 0.49 and maximum cruise altitude / service ceiling is 31,000 ft.
The maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) for the TBM 940 is approx. 7,394 lbs and maximum landing weight (MLW) is approx. 7,024 lbs.
Similar to other aircraft in its class, the TBM 940 is fairly flexible with its cabin configuration. Seats can easily be removed, allowing for more cabin room and additional space for baggage. The cabin dimensions measure approx. 4 ft in height, 3 ft 12″ in width and 13 ft 4″ in length.
When it comes to the flight deck / avionics, you can expect to find the Garmin G3000 system. The integrated avionics system uses three 12″ ultra high resolution displays, which help enhance the view of terrain and other obstacles for the pilot.
Autothrottle is another feature that can be found on this aircraft. Working in unison with the G3000 system, it is known to be one of the 1st to be included on a single engine turboprop weighing less than 12,500 lbs.
- As of 2018, Daher has delivered over 260 TBM 900 model aircraft.
- The new 5.7 inch GTC 580 glass touch screen controller, helps provide greater control over advanced functions of the aircraft.
- As per the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The 940 was among the 3rd most delivered turboprops in 2020, with 41 units sold.
*These are general specifications of the above mentioned aircraft. Please see each listing for details on their individual specifications, layout and performance.