French manufacturer, Daher comes to NBAA-BACE and the indoor static display with its U.S. associations burnished, following the announcement, just before the Paris Air Show in June, that it has acquired Idaho-based Quest Aircraft and its Kodiak utility turboprop.

The ‘tail-number’ N940AX in the halls is a strong hint that Socata is showing the latest-model TBM 940, an upgrade of the 930 that was announced at EBACE, Geneva, in May, and began deliveries a few days later. Sister to the TBM 910, which is also in current production, the 940 lays claim to being the first turboprop in its class with full autopilot integration.

“The enthusiastic market response for the TBM 940 is definitely encouraging, as this aircraft reflects our vision of evolving the TBM by providing the ultimate flying experience for owners and operators,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher Airplane Business Unit. “This is the latest step in our efforts to offer an aircraft family that combines performance and safety through continuous improvement across the TBM product line.”

Sales of the 940 have already reached 35, of which 20 are in customers’ hands. This, though, is the tip of the iceberg, for Chabbert is promising delivery next year of the 1,000th of the overall type, since the TBM 700 flew for the first time in 1988. As of this week, 954 TBMs had been built, generating 1.76 million flying hours. North America has proved the most receptive market, taking 734, while a further 158 have gone to Europe.