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Turbine Pilot: TBM 850

Socata's Speedster
by Thomas A. Horne, AOPA Pilot, June 2006

The dawn of the very light jet (VLJ) has shaken up general aviation in a way not seen since the 1960s, when the first business jets were introduced. The questions, then as now, are the same. Will the new class of designs perform — and sell — as predicted? What airplanes will survive the inevitable shakeout? And will the introduction of a new aircraft type spell the end of preceding models? To be blunt, will the advent of VLJs doom turboprops?
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TBM 850 Is Even Faster

More power up high gives the fastest personal turboprop an even bigger speed advantage.
by J. Mac McClellan, Flying Magazine, June 2006

There are two important measurements of turbine engine power output. The one published in basic specifications, and tossed around when pilots get together to talk, is the takeoff power rating. And that's important. But a more difficult to define, and equally important, measure of turbine enginepower is how much is available at useful cruise altitude.
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TBM 850 Still Fast With Glass

The quickest turboprop single now has three-display G1000 avionics system as standard.
by J. Mac McClellan, Flying Magazine, August 2008

Could an airplane hit the bull's-eye more squarely in today's environment than the TBM 850? I don't see how. The turboprop single burns about half again as much fuel as a typical piston twin, but it flies at least 100 knots faster on that fuel. And its range easily stretches out over 1,200 nm even with a little headwind. And now it has the latest in avionics technology with a three-display Garmin G1000 integrated system that features the giant 15-inch multifunction display (MFD) in the center.
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TBM 850 Scorching The Airways With Style

Meet Socata’s answer to the very light jet
by Jeff Berlin, Pilot Journal

This is my first takeoff in the real, live airplane after my week of TBM initial training at SimCom in Orlando. So after bringing up the engine’s torque to 40% for a quick check to ensure gauges are in the green and I’m good to go, I ballpark the throttle to around 95% torque and start to rocket down the runway like Big Daddy Don Garlits in a top-fuel dragster. As the TBM’s Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66D quickly spools up and gathers its head, I’ve got one eye on the runway centerline and the other watching my power. As I finely nudge the torque to 100%, trees and white stripes wash into a blur.
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VLJ With One Prop

Socata’s TBM 850 offers performance only slightly below that of some VLJs—at 30% less operating cost
by Bill Cox, Pilot Journal

The very first of the luxury single-engine propjets was EADS Socata’s TBM 700, introduced in 1991. Though the French aircraft would be followed by the Pilatus PC-12 and the more recent Piper Meridian, Czech Ae 270 Ibis and Extra 500, Socata’s single-engine entry has remained the preeminent turbine single among corporate airplanes.
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