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TBM circles world, thumbing nose at light jetsTBM circles world, thumbing nose at light jets

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.

Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor, AOPA
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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