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TBM Inc. News

TBM completes a highly success 18-month test and evaluation program with ASB Avionics of Mojave, California, to develop a digital autopilot system for retrofit on civilian L-382 Hercules aircraft to replace their increasingly unsupportable analog systems.

The program saw TBM’s 56-466 outfitted with a Honeywell glass cockpit and Flight Management System to couple to the new autopilot, followed by months of rigorous flight testing to develop software to model proper handling characteristics, culminating in the successful demonstration of the autopilot on an actual L-382 to meet FAA requirements for granting it an STC.