SOCATA / Societe de Construction d'Avions de Tourisme et d'Affaires
Formed 1966 out of Morane-Saulnier as subsidiary of Sud-Aviation, to develop and produce group's light sporting and business aircraft. Known as Socata Groupe Aerospatiale, products including the TB30 Epsilon tandem two-seat piston-engined trainer (first flown December 1979), Rallye lightplane in four-seat 235F form, TB9 Tampico Club 4/5-seat lightplane (first flown March 1979), TB10 and more powerful TB200 Tobago 4/5-seat Iightplanes for basic/instrument flight training and cross-country flying among their many uses (first flown February 1977 and March 1991 respectively), TB20 and TB21 Trinidad 4/5-seat lightplanes with higher-powered piston engines for advanced instrument training among other roles, TBM 700 pressurized and turboprop- powered business aircraft (first flown July 1988), Omega tandem two-seat turboprop military trainer (first flown April 1989), TB360 Tangara twin piston-engined lightplane (first flown February 1997) based on U.S. Gulfstream American GA-7 Cougar, new MS 180 Morane and MS 250 Morane 4/5-seat lightplanes expected to fly by 2000 and featuring SMA MR turbocharged piston engines, tandem two-seat MS 300 Epsilon Mk 2 turboprop-powered basic and primary military trainer that is expected to fly in year 2000, and HALE high-altitude long-endurance communications and electronic intelligence platform, based on TBM 700 but with 48m wingspan (expected to fly in year 2004). Company made components under subcontract for wide variety of aircraft, including Magister and Concorde, and current work includes components for Eurocopter helicopters, Airbus and ATR airliners, Dassault Falcon bizjets, Lockheed Martin Hercules freighter, and CFM56 engine.
Aerospatiale’s light aircraft division Socata (Societe de Construction d’Avions de Tourism et d’Affaires) makes use of computerised milling machinery, when not in use for military or other contracts.
Nord-Aviation, Sud-Aviation and SOCATA joined to form Aerospatiale in 1971.