The SOCATA TB-10 Tobago is an all-metal low-wing cabin four-seated touring aircraft. In 1975, SOCATA (Société
de Construction d'Avions de Tourisme et d'Affaires) started the development of a new light aircraft to replace
the ageing Ralley. A universal low-wing four-seat airframe was chosen to be the basic of a new light aircraft line.
The prototype, designated SOCATA TB-10 flew first on 10 February 1977. Three development aeroplanes followed this
prototype "F-WJZP". Deliveries of the production TB-10 Tobago planes, initially powered by a 180 hp Lycoming
O-360-A1AD engine, started in 1979. Next to the TB-10 Tobago the airframe was the base of a family of light aircraft,
starting in 1980 with the TB-9 Tampico followed later that year by the TB-20 Trinidad. Over 720 SOCATA TB-10 Tobago's
In November 2000, the Dutch Flight Academy was qualified by the Nederlandse Luchtvaart Autoriteit (NLA) as
Flying Training Organisation (FTO) according to the JAR-FCL norms. DFA
was based at Groningen Airport Eelde
in the Netherlands and operated four SOCATA-GA TB-10 Tobago, two Piper
Warrior and one Piper Turbo Arrow single-engine aircraft and
three twin-engine Diamond DA-42 Twin Star aircraft. The three Piper aircrafts
were operated out of Leer-Papenburg (EDWF) in Germany.
Next to the aircraft, DFA operated a high-tech AlSim flight simulator
and an ALSIM DA-42 Twin Star simulator. A SIM Industries FTD 2A MMC simulator, an exact copy of
a Boeing 737-800NG cockpit, was delivered in September 2009. DFA ended
her activities on 31 December 2014.
On 6 March 2001, the 1993-built SOCATA TB-10 c/n 1586 (ex G-BZRK, VH-YHD) was registered
PH-DFC in the Netherlands with Dutch Flight Academy, Eelde. On 21 June
2006, the registered owner of the PH-DFC was changed into DFA Holding BV, Eelde.
On 16 August 2012, SOCATA TB-10 PH-DFC was registered with P. Randall,
Knaith Gainsborough in the UK. On 29 August 2013, registration PH-DFC
was cancelled as exported to France. The SOCATA TB-10 was registered
F-HSBT in France with B. Trigeard, Coux, on 24 March 2014.