It would be hard to improve on a such an impressive performer as
the TBM 850 single-engine turboprop... but that said, if
there was one area the previous generation aircraft came up
lacking, it was in cockpit integration. That concern has been
nicely addressed by EADS Socata for 2008, with a simple one-word
After working our way on a warm day at 308-310 kts at FL260,
with th best of Garmin keeping things VERY manageable, we have to
tell you that the TBM 850 has it RIGHT.
Upgrades to the latest TBM 850 variant includes its Integrated
All-Glass Flight Deck, based on the last-generation Garmin G1000
system -- which replaces traditional instruments with large liquid
crystal display (LCD) screens. It integrates primary flight,
navigation, weather, traffic, ground proximity and technical
information on the aircraft, fully associated with a digital
autopilot. This reduces pilot workload and eases maintenance, and
brings the TBM 850 truly into the realm of the world’s most
advanced light business aircraft.
In addition, the TBM 850’s environmental and vapor control
system has been replaced by the Global Air Control System, which is
more efficient and offers a dual zone temperature control.
EADS Socata also made some oft-requested improvements to the TBM
850's cabin. The aircraft’s interior has been entirely
redesigned to offer more space and comfort, with a two-inch width
increase and a one-inch ceiling rise. The changes also serve to
reduce airframe weight, increasing the TBM 850’s useful load
by 110 lbs.
Fuel tank capacity is boosted by 11 gallons, benefiting from a
transfer in the fuel cap position. Maximum range increases from
1,330 nm to 1,410 nm at the maximum recommended cruise of 320
Developed in response to customer feedback, the TBM 850’s
2008 model has already achieved success in the market. Introduced
to EADS Socata’s most faithful customers during the past
several months, it has received a warm welcome -- and the 60
aircraft allocated for production in 2008 already have been
“The new G1000-equipped TBM 850 is the result of our
attention to customers.” explained Nicolas Chabbert, EADS
Socata Vice President, and the head of Sales & Marketing.
“Thanks to our sales success, we can now accept orders for