DAHER-SOCATA Selects FreeFlight Systems RA-4500 Radar Altimeter For The TBM 900
Precise, High Performance Safety System Integrated with Glass Cockpit Displays Available as Factory Option on Very Fast Single-Engine Turboprop
Waco, Texas, July 28, 2014 -- FreeFlight Systems announced today that DAHER-SOCATA has selected FreeFlight Systems RA-4500 radar altimeter system as a factory standard for the TBM 900 very fast single-engine turboprop. The RA-4500 integrates with the TBM 900's cockpit displays to add precise AGL information at critical low-altitude phases of flight to the aircraft's robust set of safety and performance features.
With precision from 2,500 feet to ground level, the RA-4500 offers improved situational awareness when flying over water or rough terrain, at nighttime, in close ground proximity and in other environments lacking visual cues to the flight path. The system uses an ARINC 429 connection to integrate seamlessly with cockpit displays for altitude pre-select and altimeter readout and optional audio alerting for altitude and other aircraft conditions. Known for their precision, reliability, light weight and low cost, the RA-4500 and the RS-232-equipped RA-4000 are available for factory or retrofit installation on dozens of light general aviation aircraft worldwide. The RA-4500 also is available as a factory option on the TBM 850.
"The RA-4500 for the TBM 900 is a natural pairing of performance and capability and an expansion of our continuing and long-term relationship with DAHER SOCATA," said Tim Taylor, CEO of FreeFlight Systems. "Our radar altimeter systems are proven on the TBM 850 and through decades of usage in some of the most demanding applications. The RA-4500 ideal for the high-performance personal and business missions at which TBM aircraft excels."
About the TBM aircraft family – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 900 is the newest and fastest member of the DAHER-SOCATA's TBM family of fast single-engine turboprop aircraft. It combines a 330 kts maximum cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and moderate environmental signature of a turboprop . It's 1,730 NM maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of its customers' favorite features. More than 680 TBM aircraft have been produced and delivered to date. Operated in 35 countries, the TBM fleet has logged a combined 1.2 million flight hours.
About DAHER – www.daher.com
DAHER is a tier-1 equipment supplier to high-technology industries. DAHER offers manufacturing and services solutions to the aerospace & defense, nuclear & energy and capital goods sectors. With a robust engineering-based approach, DAHER is able to deliver innovative and differentiating solutions to its industrial customers. Created in 1863, DAHER is an international group, present in 12 countries across the world. In 2013, DAHER generated a turnover of nearly one billion euros, with an order book equivalent to more than three years of turnover.
DAHER-SOCATA is the aerospace and defense division of the DAHER Group.
About FreeFlight Systems
FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics systems that deliver substantial safety, cost, environmental and other benefits from the NextGen airspace transformation. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified WAAS GPS receiver and today produces a range of high-quality, competitively priced ADS-B systems for installation in all aircraft types. For more information, please visit www.freeflightsystems.com.