Daher launches TBM Charter Pack

Terry Spruce
By Terry Spruce November 18, 2015 11:48

Daher launches TBM Charter Pack

Daher has launched a TBM Charter Pack at the NBAA in Las Vegas.

“As TBM charter flights continue to develop around the globe, we want our services to best match the expectations of commercial operators.”

“As TBM charter flights continue to develop around the globe, we want our services to best match the expectations of commercial operators,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit.

Chabbert said TBMs are increasingly deployed in charters for on- demand transportation from community airports, with operators benefitting from the aircraft’s speed and ability to serve smaller airports. In parallel, the use of single-engine turboprop aircraft for commercial flights is increasingly accepted by airworthiness authorities and the marketplace. Overall, charter and corporate services are being flown by some 40 TBM family aircraft.

An example of this emerging business sector was introduced at Daher’s NBAA press conference with the presence of Eric Walden, the CEO and pilot of Little Hawk Logistics – a new US TBM charter operator based at central Virginia’s Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.

Walden, an airline and corporate pilot with 11 years of experience at Netjets, created Little Hawk Logistics this spring after purchasing a 2007 TBM 850. Little Hawk Logistics operates under the Meridian Air Group’s Part 135 Air Operator’s Certificate, benefitting from this Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport-based company’s charter scheduling, operational support, and maintenance structure. In return Little Hawk Logistics’ TBM 850 complements Meridian Air Group’s fleet of single turboprop and light jets. Little Hawk Logistics initiated TBM commercial operations in June of this year, and already has transported 200 passengers – flying some 56,000 nautical miles.

“After nearly two decades as an airline and corporate pilot, I resigned my position to create my own business.”

Walden said: “After nearly two decades as an airline and corporate pilot, I resigned my position to create my own business. Having found the TBM 850 as a perfect aircraft to fit the mission, I embarked on the next and most exciting stage of my career by founding Little Hawk Logistics.”

Another example of TBM charter operations is Wagga Air Centre, an Australian air charter company to utilise the TBM 850.

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Terry Spruce
By Terry Spruce November 18, 2015 11:48