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High-performance single-engine turboprops seem to sort into three market segments: working airplanes, personal transport and for-hire people transportation. Cessna’s Caravan locks down the cargo and working airplane side while the Pilatus PC-12 is a popular corporate and charter/cargo hauler. The TBM—the fastest of the herd by far—is a favorite among owners who fly themselves to distant destinations, usually without benefit of a professional pilot. We’ve noticed that the airplane has a bit of a cult following and a community of owners who know each other. Piper’s Meridian and now M600 compete in the owner-flown segment, but Daher believes the TBM exists in its own strata.

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