The next TBM: What's in a name?

September 18, 2008

Officials at EADS Socata are still mum about its rumored next airplane, but at least they’ll allow that the project has a name. The upcoming design’s working name is being called the NTx.

The NT stands for “next twin,” and the “x” represents a bit of uncertainty. It either stands for a 6-seat or 8-seat cabin configuration, or perhaps the design will come in two cabin sizes, the company says.

There’s obviously more to the project than just its name, but spokesmen aren’t willing to go there just yet. The airplane doesn’t have a launch date or a firm price target.

More information may be revealed at the upcoming National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 6 to 8.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne | AOPA Pilot Editor at Large, AOPA

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.