Two Pilots will Attempt to Set a New York-Paris Speed Record with a TBM 930 Turboprop Aircraft

Chicago, Illinois, USA, March 7, 2019: Pilots Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek will use a TBM 930 in an attempt to break a world speed record between New York and Paris, which has been held since 1985 by the famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager, and Jacques Lemaigre du Breuil’s performance on a TBM 700 in 1994.

Reuter and Bozek have worked extensively over the past year with officials on both sides of the Atlantic to challenge the record in the C1e category (turboprop aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight under 13,200 lbs./6,000 kg.) as established by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the world governing body for aeronautical and astronautical records.

Currently targeted during the first half of March – weather conditions permitting – the attempt will use Reuter’s TBM 930. It has been equipped with a custom-made fuel tank to carry 300 U.S. gallons of jet fuel – bringing the aircraft’s total usable fuel quantity to 600 U.S. gallons, ensuring more than 10 hours of flight time.

Reuter, 58, is a Chicago-based global finance expert, while the 31-year-old Bozek is a Michigan-based serial entrepreneur and real estate investor.

The flight is to begin at Westchester County Airport (KHPN) north of New York City, and will conclude at Paris’ historic Le Bourget Airport (LFPB) – where Charles Lindbergh landed after his pioneering North Atlantic crossing.