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Toilet Option Now Available on DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM Aeries Aircraft

• This highly-functional option enables operators to comfortably use the very fast turboprop’s maximum range of 1,585 nautical miles
Tarbes, France, May 6, 2009 – DAHER-SOCATA today announced the introduction of a toilet option on all TBM-series aircraft.
This option consists of a swap-out for the TBM’s intermediate left seat with a potty seat, which can be installed and removed within minutes. The potty seat includes a flushing chemical toilet system that is widely used in the marine industry, which is optimized for easy replacement and servicing.
The potty seat perfectly matches the TBM’s interior leather and upholstery, and was developed in partnership with Catherineau – the Bordeaux, France-based aircraft cabin interior specialist and long-time partner of the TBM program. With no weight penalty, this option is priced at $9,990, and is available through the TBM international sales and support network.
“Recent customer surveys have shown that TBM operators are flying increasingly longer distances with their aircraft, and we decided the toilet option was an important step in offering additional passenger comfort,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice-President of the DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Division. “The flushing chemical toilet’s design is optimized to keep things simple, and is another example of how we respond to the operational requirements of TBM owners.”
The potty seat was previewed during last week’s Sun 'n Fun fly-in event at Lakeland Florida in the U.S., where a Model Year TBM 850 was displayed with the system. “We received extremely positive feedback, along with several on-the-spot orders for the option – confirming this is a solution that will further increase the usability of all TBM-series aircraft.”
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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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.