July 24, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
A Paris doctor joined a group of turboprop and light-jet pilots on a 27-country tour this year, ending with a Daher-Socata press conference at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., where he bragged of long, nonstop legs that required his jet friends to stop for fuel.
French TBM 700 pilot Louis-Alain and Annie Dumont participated in a trip that visited 27 countries during 53 stopovers. Total fuel consumption of the Daher-Socata turboprop-powered aircraft was approximately 4,800 gallons—an average 30 percent less than for equivalent light jets, the company claimed.
The TBM joined the fleet in Europe on May 19.
Dumont is a Paris-based doctor and said the TBM 700 gave him the range to fly direct legs, while the light jets needed stopovers. “My best performance was a flight from Marrakech (Morocco) to Malta (1,150-nautical miles), which I flew non-stop in 4.25 hours, while light-jet pilots had to make a 70-min fuel stop,” he added.
In other news, the company certified a new seating and cabin configuration for the TBM 850 Elite. The primary changes are new intermediate seats. Its middle seats can be oriented in a forward-facing position, whilethe rear seats are removable. In approximately 30 minutes, the TBM 850 can be reconfigured into a four-seat cabin, increasing the luggage volume capacity by three and doubling the maximum luggage weight, the company claimed.
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The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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