Will Celebrate With A 100th Anniversary Fly-In at AirVenture
By Michael J. Gallagher
The countdown kick-off was initiated by Patrick Daher, CEO of
the DAHER Group, and Nicolas Chabbert, president of SOCATA North
America, during a news conference at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier was created in 1911 by two French
pioneer aviators and brothers, Leon and Robert Morane, with
engineer Raymond Saulnier. During its operation, the company and
its aircraft were responsible for numerous aviation milestones,
including winning the first World Air Race in 1911, performing the
first Mediterranean aerial crossing in 1913, developing the first
four-seat business jet in 1954, and producing and the TBM 700 - the
first pressurized civilian single turboprop aircraft, which was
certified in 1990.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary, Daher-Socata will introduce
a special anniversary edition of its TBM 850, and is to hold a
100th Anniversary Fly-In event with 100 aircraft anticipated to
participate as part of the EAA AirVenture gathering in 2011. "This
celebration of aviation excellence will highlight the prestigious
roots of our aircraft manufacturing activity, and underscore our
company's confidence in the business aviation market - despite
today's difficult economic times," Patrick Daher stated.
Daher-Socata made the announcement amid a year where the
aircraft manufacturer is on track to keep pace with the 36 aircraft
produced in 2009 and the 200th TBM 850 has been sold. Looking to
the future, Nicolas Chabbert, President of Socata North
American said, "The new developments will be in electronics. In
2009 it was synthetic vision, in 2010 it is the G1000 system."
Chabbert also announced a revision to the Socata Internet presence
which will feature 2 way communication features
"We are supporting an active fleet of nearly 6,000 airplanes all
over the world, including 1,000 in North America," Chabbert
explained. "These range from the latest TBM 850 versions to some
aircraft that are 50 years old. This is why Daher-Socata is
dedicated to developing service activities for our customers,
including avionics retrofit and other modernization packages."
Daher reports sales in excess of $900 million in 2009.