Glass cockpit retrofit upgrade debuts for TBM 700/850

A “glass cockpit” retrofit kit for Daher-Socata’s TBM 700 and TBM 850 aircraft was unveiled at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

The supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for this installation is expected later this year.

Key elements of the retrofit kit are:

  • a Garmin G600 dual-screen as the primary flight display,
  • a Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen as the multi-function display,
  • a Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics MD302 stand-by instrument module, and
  • a replacement panel.

Cost of the basic upgrade will be approximately $120,000, and initial installation time is estimated at 300 man-hours.

G600The retrofit’s combination of the G600 and GTN 750 screens will provide TBM 700/TBM 850 pilots with enhanced situational awareness, along with a reduction in workload, according to company officials. The twin-screen G600 brings the primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function (MFD) display into a single 10-inch-wide electronic instrument.

Garmin’s GTN 750 touchscreen is a GPS/NAV/COM system that offers touchscreen operations, graphical flight planning, transponder control, audio control and electronic chart capabilities.

The MD302 standby attitude module (SAM), developed by Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, is a part of the package to replace traditional stand-by instruments. Entirely self-contained, it provides attitude, altitude, airspeed information in a compact 2 X 5-inch package that weighs 1.6 pounds. The MD302 contains two led-backlit LCDs, with one displaying attitude and the other airspeed and altitude.

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