Weather radar is mounted starboard on the Pilatus PC12 or in the Piper Meridian/M600/M500.

It adds drag to the right wing, thus a right yawing moment, and helps to counteract the slipstream effect and P-factor that tends to yaw the aircraft to the left.

So why is the wx-radar mounted port on the TBM ? (the propeller rotates in the same direction as the PC12, so it seems like the wx-radar only adds more yaw to the left)

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    $\begingroup$ Because it's French? $\endgroup$ – Juan Jimenez Feb 3 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ @JuanJimenez: "Because it's French?", hum those guys have pioneered aviation, to the point aviation is a French word. $\endgroup$ – mins Feb 14 at 18:36
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    $\begingroup$ @mins Aviation was invented before the French even knew they existed as a people, but I can see the French have yet to invent comedy. $\endgroup$ – Juan Jimenez Feb 15 at 10:01
  • $\begingroup$ I sent a query to TBM to try to find out. $\endgroup$ – Juan Jimenez May 23 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ I sent a query to the sales department at TBM as promised, but they never answered. $\endgroup$ – Juan Jimenez Jun 5 at 12:07

After some detective work I have concluded:

In the TBM planes, the center portion of the right wing leading edge is occupied by the stall warning vane (or an optional AOA sensor in newer models). The two pitot tubes are located under each wing and landing lights are positioned at wingtips. This would leave the current location for the optional weather radar pretty much the only option available.

locations of stall vane and pitot tubes on TBM 850, as for these, all TBM models are identical

TBM 700C pilot information manual, stall warning vane description on page 7.15.1

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