- 16 Jun 2021
- Sherryn de Vos
- AvBuyer Africa Articles
Aircraft Bluebook’s Summer 2021 data lists the TBM 850 under two categories: For models equipped with Garmin G1000 (2008-2013), a 2013 model sells for an average retail price of $2.2m, whereas a 2008 model costs about $1.7m. Pre-Garmin G1000 TBM 850s cost $1.4m (2006) and $1.5m (2007). The listed prices represent an average retail price for a model year. There are several factors that can determine an actual price for a specific aircraft, including its maintenance history, whether it is enrolled on an engine maintenance program, time on the engine/airframe, and more. These will often cause variance in sale prices, even for models of the same year of manufacture.
There are a number of other popular options in the light single-engine turboprop market, such as the Pilatus PC-12 NG, that compete with the TBM 850. This aircraft has a maximum range of about 1,845 nm and can carry up to 10 passengers.
The TBM 850 was designed to provide jet-like performance with turboprop efficiency, according to Daher – all while keeping costs to a minimum. It is designed to provide a mixture of comfort and flexibility to owners, particularly since the introduction of the TBM ‘Elite Interior’ in 2012, which means the aircraft can be switched to a four seater, while offering extended luggage configuration over the original six-seat design.
The Daher TBM 910 is an improved version of the TBM 900, which is itself an upgrade on the TBM 850. Specifically, the TBM 910 has the improved Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, and offers a longer maximum range of 1,730nm, while providing capacity for the same five passengers and pilot.
Daher TBM 850 Turboprop Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Daher TBM 850 was launched in 2006, and is often also known as the Daher-Socata 850, after the original manufacturer of the turboprop series; Daher acquired the majority of Socata in 2008, and completed the acquisition six years later.
The aircraft has had success with private owners since its launch, appealing to individuals who are looking to make the move up from complex, single-piston platforms. Just under 340 platforms were manufactured in the six years from launch until production came to an end in 2013.
What features does the TBM 850 offer?
The aircraft can accommodate up to five passengers and a pilot. It has a maximum range of 1,585nm and a maximum cruise speed of 320kts, powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66D engine.
The platform was upgraded with a Garmin G1000 avionics suite in 2008, and older models can also be upgraded with this system.
What came before and after the TBM 850?
The TBM 850 is an enhanced version of the older TBM 700 line and was first known as the TBM700N when it entered production.
It has the same structural design as the TBM 700s, though features several improvements, most notably the more powerful engine. It was eventually succeeded by the TBM 900, and later the TBM 910, 930, and 940.
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