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TBM 850 Model Year 2009 Unveiled at the AERO International Show in Germany

• The latest version of DAHER-SOCATA’s very fast turboprop aircraft makes its European debut


Friedrichshafen, Germany, 6 April 2009: DAHER-SOCATA has introduced its latest version of the TBM 850 to the European public at this year’s AERO International Aviation Trade Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Featured with a new standard paint scheme, the 2009 TBM 850 demonstrator aircraft at AERO International incorporates the new optional Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for the Garmin G1000 all-glass integrated flight deck.

The Synthetic Vision Technology system -- which is now fully certified on the TBM 850 by both the U.S. FAA and European EASA airworthiness authorities – provides three-dimensional depictions of terrain, obstacles and traffic on the G1000 primary flight displays, enabling the instrument panel to replicate what pilots would see outside the cockpit in a clear day. The large format reduces workload and fits well into a normal cockpit scan.

The distributor network of DAHER-SOCATA also is introducing the F.A.S.T (Fly and Share Your TBM) co-ownership program for European customers of the TBM 850. This program, which recently was launched in North America, offers the opportunity to purchase a one-third or two-thirds share of a brand-new TBM 850 on a co-ownership basis. For the one-third share, a minimum 100 days of exclusive use is provided per year on an unlimited flight hour basis – which differs from traditional fractional programs requiring the purchase of annual flight hours that are either used or lost.

The AERO International Aviation Trade Show is Europe’s primary general aviation trade event, with the participation of 570 exhibitors from 30 countries. This gathering, held April 2-5, is strengthened by a partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), organizer of AirVenture Oshkosh -- the world’s largest air show held annually in the U.S.

“AERO International is strategically important for Europe’s general aviation industry, and we are particularly pleased to bring the latest version of our best-selling TBM 850 to the show,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Division. “After having delivered 13 TBM 850s in Europe last year, we already have nine new orders so far in 2009 from customers in this important market. It’s a good indication that the TBM 850’s range, useful load and speed – plus its environmental-friendliness and lower cost of operation – continue to make this very fast turboprop aircraft a preferred option for many buyers.”

The TBM 850 is available via DAHER-SOCATA’s existing direct sales and distribution network, and is supported by its extensive worldwide network of service centers.

Since its launch in 2005, the TBM 850 has become an international success – with more than 200 aircraft sold, and over 150 delivered to customers around the globe.

The TBM 850 is the world’s fastest single engine turboprop, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft. (in ISA conditions). An 850-shp version of SOCATA’s proven six-seat TBM 700 turboprop business aircraft, the TBM 850 combines the cruising speed and travel times typical of light jets with economical direct operating costs, while offering the range and excellent payload capacity of turboprop aircraft.

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About DAHER-SOCATA DAHER is a European integrated equipment and services supplier. In addition to aerospace, DAHER specializes in three other sectors: nuclear, defense and industries. DAHER is developing in three fields of expertise: manufacturing, services and transport, which enable it to offer a comprehensive package. DAHER-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 850 high-speed turboprop aircraft, aerostructures for Airbus civil airliners, the A400M military transporter, Dassault Falcon jets, Eurocopter helicopters and Embraer regional jets. DAHER-SOCATA is expanding its customer service activities to support its growing fleet of TBMs and offer its light aviation expertise for aircraft below 19,000 lbs (8.6 metric tons) through avionics modernization, maintenance, repair and overall package offers. Founded in 1863, DAHER is an exclusively family-run, independent international group, with more than 7,000 employees and 12 international installations (four in Western Europe, three in Eastern Europe, two in North America, two in Africa and one in Australia). DAHER will exceed a €930 million turnover in 2009. For more information, visit www.daher.com and www.tbm850.com