This member of a well-known American aviation family joins the TBM
sales team at SOCATA North America
Hollywood, Florida, February 13, 2012 – DAHER-SOCATA today announced that Chad Leeward has joined the team at SOCATA North America as a Sales Director, with responsibility for developing the market for its TBM 850 very fast turboprop aircraft in the state of Florida.
Leeward belongs to the family of a well-known aviator who developed the famous Leeward Air Ranch. As a third-generation pilot in this family, the 37-year-old Leeward brings over 20 years of flying expertise, along with more than 12 years of experience in corporate aircraft sales for companies that include Pilatus Aircraft and Cirrus Aircraft.
As a passionate pilot, Leeward has flown 40-plus different aircraft types, including turboprop-powered aircraft, homebuilts and warbirds.
Our sales team will benefit from the passion and aviation knowledge that Chad Leeward brings to our sales team in the United States,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Division, and President of SOCATA North America. “He will be a strong resource for TBM 850 sales in Florida, which is one of the most active states in the U.S. for general aviation.
DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM 850 is the world’s fastest single turboprop aircraft, with a maximum cruising speed of 320 KTAS at Flight Level 260 (in ISA conditions). It combines cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and moderate environmental signature of a turboprop engine. The maximum range and useful load – which are enhanced on the current version – and the ability to land at small airports are some of its customers’ favorite features.
TBM 850 Model Year 2012 is offered with a host of benefits – including an Exclusive Maintenance Program that lowers the scheduled maintenance costs for 5 years or 1,000 hours.
DAHER is a European integrated equipment and services supplier. Independent medium-size company DAHER develops its “industry & services” model in the aerospace, nuclear, defense and industry sectors, concentrating on three core activities: manufacturing, services and transport, which it builds into a global offer.
With a robust engineering-based approach, DAHER is able to deliver innovative and differentiating solutions to its industrial customers.
Founded in 1863, DAHER is international with 7,500 men and women in 14 countries over the world. DAHER has achieved a one point one (1.1) billion-dollar turnover last year. As of December 31st, its backlog reaches 2 580 millions euros, representing 2.8 years of annual turnover.
DAHER-SOCATA, DAHER group’s aerospace activities, boasts a global and original offering which brings together its expertise as aircraft manufacturer, airframe supplier, industrial and logistics service provider. All are backed by advanced technological specialties.
DAHER-SOCATA’s expertise in these fields and the organization of their synergies enable them to provide manufacturers with specific offers in each segment of the aerospace market: commercial and military aircraft, regional aircraft, helicopters and business aircraft. This offer is supported and tier-1 equipment manufacturers, with established expertise in four complementary activities presenting a wealth of synergies: aircraft manufacturing, aerostructures, services and technology specialties.
DAHER-SOCATA celebrated last year the 100th anniversary of continuous aircraft production, marking a legacy that began in 1911 with its predecessor company – Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier.
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