Thu, Apr 02, 2009
Early G1000-Equipped Planes May Be Retrofitted
Daher-Socata announced Monday the full certification of Garmin's
Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for the all-glass cockpit of its
TBM 850 single-engine turboprop aircraft.
The system provides enhanced situation awareness by presenting
three-dimensional depictions of terrain, obstacles and traffic on
the primary flight displays of the TBM 850's Garmin G1000
integrated flight deck. The SVT replicates what pilots would see
outside the cockpit on a clear day, and its large format reduces
workload while also fitting well into a normal cockpit scan.
This factory option has been certified by the US FAA and
European EASA airworthiness authorities, and is available for all
new Model Year 2009 TBM 850s. Previously-delivered 2008 TBM 850s
can be equipped with the SVT option by Daher-Socata and through its
distributor network, as defined in a system upgrade service
bulletin for the Garmin G1000 cockpit.
"Synthetic Vision Technology is an incredible safety enhancement
that improves situation awareness while reducing pilot workload,"
said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice-President of Daher-Socata's
Airplane Division. "We are pleased to offer SVT to our customers,
making the TBM 850 the most advanced aircraft in its category."
The TBM 850 is billed as the world's fastest single engine
turboprop, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft.
(in ISA conditions). The aircraft is an 850-shp version of the
six-seat TBM 700 turboprop business aircraft.
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