Daher Aircraft Division is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year with a strong presence of the company’s turboprop-powered aircraft product line, bringing its enhanced Kodiak 100 Series III for its first public appearance, and displaying the top-of-the-line TBM 940 equipped with the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system.
During the July 26-August 1 fly-in at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport, Daher’s exhibit continues at its traditional location: Booth 387-392, near the main aircraft display. Attending the gathering will be members of the Daher’s Aircraft Division management and sales staff, along with its Kodiak Care and TBM Care support teams.
“It’s great to be back to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2021, showcasing our aircraft and spending time with customers, partners, as well as the many enthusiasts who share our love for aviation,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division. “This excellent opportunity for meetings with the global aviation community will be reinforced by the participation of Kodiak and TBM owners. Already pre-registered are 109 TBM customers including TBMOPA (TBM Owners and Pilots Association) members. This will make our very fast turboprop the most represented single-engine turbine aircraft type at the show.”
The Kodiak 100 Series III version of Daher’s turboprop-powered sport and utility aircraft, which is making its air show debut at Oshkosh, incorporates enhancements and standard features for improved flight safety, greater cabin comfort, augmented operational capabilities, as well as upgraded quality and more comprehensive maintenance coverage. With deliveries now underway, the Kodiak 100 Series III represents Daher’s commitment to continual improvement of the company’s aircraft families and the focus on further improving safety and enhanced situational awareness.
Among the Kodiak 100 Series III’s upgrades is the first integration of Garmin’s GWX™ 75 Doppler-capable, fully stabilized color weather radar on a Kodiak. This radar’s high-definition color palette enables more detailed contouring of storm cells, which is combined with its exceptional range and adjustable scanning profiles.
Also contributing to the Kodiak 100 Series III’s augmented flight safety is standard equipment that includes Garmin’s G1000 NXi fully integrated flight deck, the GFC700 autopilot with full envelope protection and level mode, an angle of attack (AOA) indicator, SurfaceWatch runway monitoring technology, ChartView-enabled card, and the Synthetic Vision Technology for virtual flight reference.
The TBM 940 to be displayed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is equipped with the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system that extends Daher’s automation innovation from the pilot to passengers aboard the TBM, automatically bringing the airplane to a runway touchdown if the pilot becomes incapacitated. Its software integrates weather and terrain information to select the best airport for landing, taking into account fuel range and runway length.
Integration of HomeSafe™ on the TBM 940 resulted from a closely coordinated effort with avionics supplier Garmin that began in 2017, led by the Avionics Engineering Office at Daher’s Aircraft Division. Certification of HomeSafe™ on the TBM 940 was issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in 2020, with industry recognition of the autoland system including its naming as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy.
Another aspect of Daher’s flight safety emphasis at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the focus on the latest adaptation of its Me & My TBM application, Version 5.0. This new iteration of the cloud-based app for Android and iOS devices processes additional flight parameters – such as flaps and speed at touchdown, and new computations (oxygen pressure in the cabin, C02 emissions, initial climb and vertical speed).
In addition, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be the opportunity for Daher to recognize winners of the Me & My TBM application’s Top Aviator’s Challenge during a gathering at the company’s exhibit on July 28. These top scorers are pilot users who achieved an “Aviator” ranking higher than the 80% reference level, and they will be recognized with a special award.
As part of Daher’s participation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the company is presenting its Kodiak Care and TBM Care teams – the operational support entities that also bring the aspects of training and technical documentation.
The latest news from Daher’s Aircraft Division will be featured at the company’s media briefing on July 26 at 11:15 a.m. at the EAA Media Tent, which is open for attendance by accredited news media representatives.
To enhance the visitor’s experience at Air Venture, more amenities have been added to the Daher’s Aircraft Division booth – such as the Daher’s Aviator store, which enables fans of the Kodiak and TBM aircraft to show their passion with branded apparel and other items.
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