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The latest version of the Me & My TBM app includes new features to help owners of the single-engine turboprop fly more precisely and safely as well as ways to more efficiently monitor the performance of their airplanes.

Version 4.0 of Daher's Me & My TBM app includes new features to increase precision and safety in flight and to monitor performance. Image courtesy of Daher via YouTube.

The airlines and the military spend billions each year on what’s known as FOQA data—Flight Operations Quality Assurance. It’s a means of collecting data about the airplane and how it is operated and using that to increase safety, predict maintenance problems, and generally make flying more efficient. Daher’s first versions of the Me & My TBM app introduced several years ago had nuggets of that capability, but the latest iteration, Version 4.0, takes it to a new level.

For pilots, the app is like having a coach or mentor in your pocket. After a flight, pilots can review approach speeds, angles, pitch attitudes, and other parameters to understand when they are straying from acceptable norms. The new version of the app presents the data in easy-to-understand graphics and will also email an in-depth report about each flight. It also stores the data so pilots can see over time how they improve or regress against certain approach and landing parameters. The data can be shared with a flight instructor to help develop curriculum for the next training session.

Version 4.0 of the Me & My TBM app includes reports for each flight and stores data so pilots can track their performance over time. Image courtesy of Daher.

There’s also a gamification element called My TBM Challenge, which allows TBM pilots to score themselves against others in the fleet. Given that pilots tend to be competitive by nature, the effect is to have pilots striving to be the best of the best, which can only help to improve safety.

The app helps maintenance crews as well. The new version automatically sends flight times to the CAMP Systems maintenance tracking program, where staff can monitor the aircraft for upcoming maintenance events and help improve flight scheduling.

The app is free to download at the Apple App Store and Google Play, but is only functional for those who can connect it to their TBM. The features are free to TBM owners.

Thomas B. Haines

Thomas B Haines

Editor in Chief
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.
Topics: Turbine Aircraft, Apps

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