Daher offers HomeSafe to 2019 TBM 940 owners

Autoland retrofit available

Editor's note: This article was updated May 8 with additional information from Daher.

French aircraft manufacturer Daher announced May 6 that its new HomeSafe emergency landing system will be available to owners of 2019 and 2020 TBM 940 models.

The Daher TBM 940 in flight. Photo by Chris Rose.

The $85,000 retrofit will apply to 27 of the G3000-equipped aircraft built in 2019. All 2020 TBM 940s will have HomeSafe included as standard equipment in the $4.505 million airplane.

HomeSafe, developed in conjunction with Garmin International, is a comprehensive system that’s designed for in-flight emergencies, including pilot incapacitation. It requires a single, simple action—pushing a glareshield-mounted button—to initiate a sequence of events that ends with a safe landing at the nearest suitable airport. Beginning with an automated emergency descent, the system will perform multiple functions, including extending flaps and landing gear, turning on landing lights, compensating for crosswinds, and bringing the airplane to a safe landing and a stop on the runway. Automated nosewheel steering and autobrakes keep the airplane on the centerline. Once the airplane is on the ground, a fuel shutoff valve will automatically stop the engine.

Daher and Garmin began work on HomeSafe in 2017 and conducted flight tests in 2018 and 2019. Daher officials said that 180 landings using HomeSafe had been completed, as well as tests using nonpilots in a ground mockup. Certification of the system could come as early as June, Daher said.

The Daher manufacturing plant in Tarbes, France, has been operating on a “slowdown, not shutdown” basis since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a spokesman. The company reported sales of four TBM 940s in the first quarter of 2020. A delivery forecast for the remainder of 2020 is not possible given the circumstances, an official said.

HomeSafe requires the Garmin G3000 avionics package, so it’s not available on the G1000 NXi-equipped TBM 910.

Daher purchased the Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft Co. in 2019, and added Quest’s Kodiak 100 turboprop single to its product line. When questioned whether HomeSafe would be offered in the Kodiak 100, Phil Straub, Garmin’s vice president and managing director for aviation, said “if it flies, it should be on it,” and “there’s a path for other aircraft,” while telling Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s airplane business unit, “when you’re ready, let’s talk.”

Six Kodiak 100s were sold in the first quarter of 2020. Approximately 15 more are expected to be delivered by the end of the year. As for TBMs, Chabbert said that he “wants to deliver 50 airplanes, but we’ve lost weeks,” while adding that he’s confident of receiving 50 orders.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
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.
Topics: Emergency Equipment

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