DAHER-SOCATA announced the appointment of Patrice Charmey as its Airplane Division’s Director of Sales for TBM aircraft in Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Charmey has a 25-year background in the information technology sector, having been assigned sales and account manager positions with companies that include Hewlett-Packard.
As a passionate private pilot, Charmey moved to the aviation industry in 2009, and worked as a director of sales with RUAG Aviation – a leading niche supplier for the maintenance of civil and military aircraft in Switzerland. Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Division said Patrice joins their team at a time when opportunities for their TBM very fast turboprop aircraft are growing in emerging markets. His experience in direct sales contacts and the development of international networks within highly competitive markets will be a valuable asset for the aircraft manufacturer.
The TBM 850 is the world’s fastest single-engine turboprop, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft. (in ISA conditions). An 850-shp. version of DAHER-SOCATA’s proven six-seat TBM 700 turboprop business aircraft, the TBM 850 combines the cruise speed and travel times typical of light jets with economical direct operating costs, while offering the range and excellent payload capacity of turboprop aircraft.