Daher just unveiled technical details for its TBM 940 turboprop aircraft in the Model Year 2020 version, which is equipped with HomeSafe™–an emergency system that automatically brings the airplane to a runway touchdown if the pilot becomes incapacitated. HomeSafe™ is based on Garmin’s Emergency Autoland system –available as a part of the G3000 integrated flight deck. When HomeSafe™ is activated, occupants of the aircraft are briefed by a safety video on the cockpit’s multifunction display. Air traffic control is informed of the situation by an automated message, and the transponder automatically is set to the emergency squawk code. The system provides inputs to the aircraft’s flight controls and adjusts engine power settings through the touchdownphase. It will activate the brakes on roll-out and shut down the engine after a full stop. The pilot can override the autoland function at any time to resume normal flight conditions by simply disconnecting the autopilot.
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