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Daher (SOCATA) TBM series

The TBM series is a family of single engine turboprop aircraft, with the engine mounted in the nose. Originally, it was developed by SOCATA of France and Mooney of the USA, hence the designation TBM. It started with the TBM-700, but later versions bear different marketing names. It is similar in appearance to the Epic LT, the Kestrel JP10, Myasishchev M-101T Gzhel and the Piper Malibu Meridian. The TBM is characterised by a single air intake below the prop spinner, rectangular cabin windows (more high than wide), horizontal stabiliser placed aft of the vertical stabiliser and slightly dropped cockpit side windows.

The cockpit side window is one of the main recognition points of the TBM series. Also note the location of the air intake and long nose gear doors.

The horizontal stabiliser is attached to the fuselage behind the vertical stabiliser, further aft then on comparable aircraft.

Different versions

How to recognise the different versions of the TBM series will be added later.

Confusion possible with

Myasishchev M-101T Gzhel

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This Russian single engine turboprop is similar in appearance to the TBM series. Even the cockpit side window looks much like that of the TBM. Look at the engine cowling, three cabin windows and small nose gear doors to recognise the M-101T.

Aero Vodochody Ae270

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The Ae270 looks a bit like a stretched TBM-700 with winglets. It is a bit bigger, has small winglets and six cockpit windows (instead of four).

Piper PA-46 Malibu Meridian

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The PA-46 Malibu Meridian (currently M500/M600) is Pipers entry in the single turboprop class. It can be distinguished from the similar TBM series mainly by the larger, rectangular cabin windows (wider than high), but also by the air intake(s).

Comp-Air 12

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This single engine turboprop has winglets, two large exhausts under the nose and a higher placed stabilo. That should be enough to avoid a mix-up with the TBM.

Epic LT/E1000

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The Epic LT has two very characteristic curved cockpit windows and (nearly) round cabin windows. Also notice the nicely curved leading edge of the vertical stabiliser.

Farnborough F1

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The Farnborough F1 (a.k.a. Kestrel JP10 and One Aviation K-350) is very similar to the Epic LT. Both have two very characteristic curved cockpit windows and (nearly) round cabin windows.