The TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) drew more than 320 attendees and 85 TBM turboprop singles to its 2022 annual convention held from September 21 to 25 in Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by manufacturer Daher, the event at Smryna/Rutherford Airport hosted the range of the TBM family, from the earlier-production 700s and 850s to the newer 900-series up to the latest TBM 960.
TBMOPA’s annual convention provided a venue for operators, Daher, and the supplier community to gather for four days of informative sessions, safety briefings, and networking. Along with providing briefings and updates on the TBM aircraft program, Daher exhibited a “digital corner” and information desk staffed by members of its TBM Care team.
“This year’s convention underscored the continuing commitment of TBMOPA and its members in supporting flight safety across the TBM fleet, bringing the pilot community together at one of the largest meetings for a turbine-powered general aviation aircraft type,” said Nicolas Chabbert, the senior v-p of Daher’s aircraft division.
Other sessions covered performance-based navigation, interpreting weather, and maintenance tips. The event further featured an interactive ground school program for companions and spouses of TBM pilots and owners.
Since Daher has acquired the Kodiak program, TBMOPA is opening the association’s membership to owners/operators of those models, offering an initial six-month complimentary membership. The association said 15 Kodiak owners and operators have so far accepted the offer.
In addition, a live auction at the convention raised $120,000 for the TBMOPA Foundation, which provides scholarships for aspiring pilots.
TBMOPA has scheduled its 2023 annual convention from September 6 to 10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.