For Immediate Release


Rheinland Air Service (RAS) Featuring New DAHER-SOCATA TBM 900 Aircraft and HondaJet News at AERO 2014.
Newly Revealed TBM 900 on First Public Display at Leading Central European AERO Show

Friedrichshafen, Germany, April 9, 2014 – Whether you want to see the just-unveiled TBM 900, or get the latest news on the exciting HondaJet, your destination is the same. Visit the RAS booth 221 in Hall A3 at the April 9–12 AERO 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Along with DAHER-SOCATA, RAS is presenting the new TBM 900 very-fast turboprop. Secretly developed over three years and after 160,000 R&D hours, this new business aircraft is already FAA and EASA certified and ready for deliveries beginning this month. The serial number 1005 aircraft exhibited by RAS is also available for sale. It includes the Hartzell five-blade propeller, Garmin 1000 avionics, enhanced cockpit ergonomics, and more comfortable interior design.

“This is the first chance for the General Public to see the TBM 900, which offers more of everything that TBM operators enjoy,” said Frank Prochaska, RAS Sales Manager and TBM demo pilot, who will be welcoming visitors to the RAS booth. “The TBM 900 offers more speed, more range, more quietness, more comfort. There is even more convenience with a new pilot door.”

The media and public are invited to attend the free breakfast on April 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. in booth 221, to learn all the facts about the TBM 900. Stephane Mayer, President & CEO of DAHER-SOCATA and Nicolas Chabbert, Senior VP of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Business Unit, will be speaking about the airplane’s new performance features and enhancements. Dr. Birgit Hutz, Director of the European Mooney Pilots and Owners Association (EMPOA) will also be on hand. Dr. Hutz has already flown the TBM 900 and is eager to share her firsthand experience with this advanced new turboprop.

HondaJet Central Europe, another RAS enterprise, is sharing booth 221 at this year’s event. With its Over-The-Wing engine mount, composite fuselage, G3000 avionics, and superb cabin comfort, the innovative HondaJet is poised to redefine the business jet experience.

After the successful type certification of the new GE/Honda HF120 engine, and granting of the Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate in 2013, the HondaJet is expected to receive its FAA certification in early 2015. Deliveries should follow immediately. Patrick Schwegmann, Sales Director for HondaJet Central Europe, invites visitors to booth 221. Simon Roads, Director of Sales Europe will be joining him from Honda Aircraft Company. These experts can answer all your questions about the “best-in-class” performance and support of the exciting new HondaJet.

About Rheinland Air Service
RAS is an aerospace company based on sustainable growth, working in the fields of sales, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and support of aircraft. The company employs about 175 people at its headquarters, its facilities in Düsseldorf-Mönchengladbach, in Düsseldorf-Weeze, Frankfurt-Hahn and Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen. In the fields of general and business aviation, RAS is a sales partner for the TBM series from DAHER-SOCATA, the HondaJet, as well as pre-owned Pilatus PC-12. For business and privately-owned aircraft, RAS provides qualified, EASA-certified maintenance and repair. For ground handling at airports, RAS offers a wide range of services. In Munich (OBF, EDMO) and Düsseldorf-Mönchengladbach (MGL, EDLN), RAS provides support for passengers and crews, as well as comprehensive services for aircraft supply.
At the airports in Düsseldorf-Weeze (NRN, EDLV), Frankfurt International (FRA, EDDF), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Mönchengladbach (MGL, EDLN), Stuttgart (EDDS, STR) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF, EDDB) RAS also offers JET A1 supply and into plane refueling services.

For further information please contact:
TBM Contact:

Frank Prochaska
Rheinland Air Service GmbH
Tel.: +49-2161-9948-122
Fax: +49-2161-9948-422
Mobile: +49-178-2550246

HondaJet Contact:
Patrick Schwegmann HondaJet Central Europe
Sales Director
Tel.: +49-2161-9948-170
Fax: +49-2161-9948-470
Mobile: +49-178-2550244

Press Contact:
Christiane Schmidt
Rheinland Air Service GmbH
Tel.: +49-2161-9948-173
Fax: +49-2161-9948-473
Mobile: +49 178-2550-219