Daher is rolling out new features for the 2020 versions of its TBM 910 and 940, with the focus once again on further e-Copilot enhancements and cabin improvements. Following on the addition of automated icing protection for both models and autothrottle for the TBM 940 in 2019, this year’s e-Copilot extension is HomeSafe, an emergency autoland system—but only for the 940.
HomeSafe, which will be standard equipment on the TBM 940 going forward, is based on Garmin’s Autoland system and can automatically guide the aircraft to a landing in the event of pilot incapacitation. It integrates weather, traffic, and terrain information to select the optimum airport for landing, considering such conditions as fuel range, flight distance, and runway length. Certification in the TBM 940 is pending.
Meanwhile, both TBM models will have new leather and material finishes, along with elements for improved comfort. Included are six color choices for seat coverings and side panels, more wood fittings, and three new floor carpet colors. An “enhanced operational package” offers eight pre-selected palettes named after TBM owners’ favorite travel destinations such as Atacama or Goose Bay. An optional extended palette is available with 40 more colors.
Comfort-related enhancements added in the 2020 TBMs are headset stowage hooks behind the rear seats, additional cupholders, and a tablet device holder for the pilot on the side of the central console. New cabin options include a quick-change storage unit that replaces the left-side intermediate seat to offer more space for carry-on items.
“As Daher continues its efforts to introduce technological features that enhance operational safety for our pilot owners and operators, we also have widened the focus in our model year 2020 TBM 940 to address safety from the passenger point of view with HomeSafe,” said Daher aircraft division senior v-p Nicolas Chabbert.