Thailand’s first TBM 850 delivered
DAHER-SOCATA has announced the delivery of a Model Year 2012 TBM 850 Elite to Anutin Charnvirakul, a leading figure in Thai business and politics. As a passionate and active private pilot, the 46-year-old Charnvirakul owned several aircraft prior to his decision acquire the TBM 850 very fast turboprop. After taking the delivery from DAHER-SOCATA, he entered the company’s TBM training course at Tarbes, France to become rated on his new aircraft and will fly it back to Thailand in late June.
Charnvirakul is a well-known personality in Thailand, having been a former Deputy Minister of Public Health and Commerce. Today, he is Chairman of Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction PLC, and the developer of Rancho Charnvee, the first golf course in Thailand’s Khao Yai mountain region, which opened in 2010 with a landing strip.
Additionally selected by Charnvirakul for the TBM 850 is Garmin’s GSR 56 Iridium satellite transceiver option, giving worldwide access to quality on-demand weather information and text/voice communications.