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Fri, Apr 26, 2024

Daher Celebrates Ferry Pilot for 960th Journey

Margrit Waltz Almost to the 50-Year Mark in 48 Years

Daher highlighted the efforts of one of their most experienced ferry pilots after her 960th flight for the business.

Margrit Waltz made flight number 960 in a very appropriate TBM 960. Like so many other trips for Daher, Waltz flew the single engine turboprop from its birthplace in Tarbes, France on to the Daher Aircraft Division's American home in Pompano Beach, Florida. The ferry flight took Waltz 15 hours and 38 minutes, with stops in the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Canada. Once hitting the eastern seaboard, Walts stopped at Bangor, Maine before making the final leg home to Pompano.

“It was a great trip: good winds, good weather – and with the excellent performance of the TBM 960,” Waltz commented.

“It’s highly symbolic that Margrit flew the milestone trip with a TBM 960, as her ferry flight services on behalf of Daher during the past three decades have contributed to the TBM program’s success,” stated Nicolas Chabbert, the CEO of Daher’s Aircraft Division, who is attending this week’s AERO Friedrichshafen air show. “With her professionalism and aviator skills, she sets a wonderful example for all women aspiring to a career in aviation.”

Waltz is one of the most experienced TBM pilots in the Daher family, having taken one out for the first time in the early 90s. Today, she looks back quite fondly on the product line, saying “It was love at first flight, as the TBM was a cut above the aircraft that I was flying at the time. The TBM 960 definitely is my favorite airplane, as it has all the capabilities a pilot can expect. I want to thank Daher for its confidence during the past 33 years, along with the incredible support from the company’s factory team in Tarbes, as well as from the community of TBM owners and operators.”

FMI: www.daher.com

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