April 16, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Want to see what your customized paint job would look like on a TBM 850?
Daher-Socata has added new features to its Web site on the TBM 850. One, called the “three-dimensional color configurator,” lets you try on three different paint schemes: the “Classic 850,” the “Deluxe,” and the “High Flyer.” The configurator helps users pick from among 51 factory colors and can print out specs for a completion center. Another new feature is a rangefinder, which lets you see the range potential of the TBM 850.
“For potential owners, the Web site provides an invaluable source of information," said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of the Daher-Socata Airplane Division. Since its inception in 2007, the Web site has drawn more than 230,000 visitors. “It’s where most people have their first contact with the TBM 850 very fast turboprop experience,” Chabbert said.
More than 200 of the 320-knot TBM 850s have been sold since the airplane, a follow-on design to the TBM 700, was launched in 2005.
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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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