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TBM: Synthetic Vision Technology and Extended Warranty

News release especially for TBM 850 pilots:
Oshkosh, WI, July 28th, 2008 – At a news conference at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, EADS Socata announced that the new Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) will be offered as an optional feature on the new G1000-equipped TBM 850.

The Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) consists in a system upgrade of the Garmin's All-Glass Integrated flight Deck.

The SVT presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles and traffic on the G1000's Primary Flight Display (PFD) so that the avionics panel replicates what pilots would see outside the
cockpit on a clear day.

Garmin’s SVT blends information about the aircraft’s position with topographic databases to create and display real-time 3D images. The information is presented on the G1000’s large flight displays with XGA 1,024x768-pixel) resolution.

Land, water and sky are clearly differentiated with shading and
textures that are similar to the topographical colors found on the multi-function display (MFD) moving map. SVT displays terrain and obstacles which pose a
threat to the aircraft with appropriate Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS) alert coloring.

“Garmin’s SVT brings an unprecedented level of integration and awareness to
pilots of G1000-equipped aircraft,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of
marketing. “SVT transforms the cockpit by accurately displaying synthetic terrain, flight hazards, flight path marker and highway-in-the-sky on the PFD so
that the pilot maintains excellent airborne situational awareness even when flying in conditions of reduced visibility or darkness. This results in reduced pilot workload and safer flying.”

"The excellent partnership we have developed with Garmin is for the full benefit of our customers in getting the latest evolution of the G1000 as they come along. We are glad to provide them with the SVT that is an enhancement in
safety," said Nicolas Chabbert, President of EADS Socata North America. "The EADS Socata – 2008 – 2 - SVT will be offered to our new or already delivered G1000-equipped TBM 850 as an option and is anticipated for delivery this fall. Customers can have their pick on how it looks when visiting our booth,” he concluded.

In addition, EADS Socata will offer to its G1000-equipped TBM 850 customers an extended warranty program from Garmin called FliteLevel The program
basically extends the warranty of the Garmin G1000 equipment after the 2-year standard warranty to five year. The coverage can be specified for parts only or
for parts and labor. In addition to providing coverage after the initial OEM/Garmin warranty runs out, it also provides certain additional benefits while
the airplane is in original warranty.

The TBM 850 is world’s fastest single turboprop aircraft, with a maximum cruising speed of 320 KTAS at flight level 260 (in ISA conditions). It combines cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and moderate environmental signature of the turboprop engine. Its
maximum range and useful load, enhanced on the new model, its ability to land on small airports are some of its customers' favorite features.

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About EADS Socata ( EADS Socata is one of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers, with more than 17,000 aircraft built since its creation as Morane-Saulnier in 1911. Current products include the TBM family of high-speed turboprops, TB GT piston aircraft, aerostructures for Airbus civil airliners, the A400M military transporter, Dassault Falcon jets, Eurocopter helicopters and Embraer regional jets. EADS Socata is expanding its customer service activities, to support its growing fleet of TBM and offer its light aviation expertise for aircraft below 5.7 metric tons through avionics modernization, maintenance, repair and overhaul. Headquartered in Tarbes, France, with North American operations in Pembroke Pines, Florida. EADS Socata is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS group. About EADS ( EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of €39.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, develops the A400M through its Military Transport Aircraft Division, and holds a stake in the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. Media contact: Philippe de Segovia +33 6 70 21 70 47 For additional information, visit: