Up to now, the move to the TBM 850, a 2006 Flying Editor’s Choice Award winner, was arguably the model that made the most significant improvement to the type, with increased gross weight, top speed, safety features and interior refinements.

It's got its Garmin G1000 panel and was happy that we saw a high-cruise airspeed of around 315 knots at 28,000 feet. That’s fast for a single. Heck, it’s fast for just about any turboprop.

It’s a family or emergency affair. Then again, smaller airplanes, even transportation airplanes, are often compromised in this regard.

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