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Old 10-04-2003, 04:36 PM
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Can someone Compare the precision and 3D characteristics of the TBM Extra 260, the Composite ARF 2.6 Extra 330 and the AirWild Giles 300?

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Old 10-05-2003, 06:35 AM
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Can someone Compare the precision and 3D characteristics of the TBM Extra 260, the Composite ARF 2.6 Extra 330 and the AirWild Giles 300?
Thanks!
In the order of precision flying:
TBM Extra 260 (thrust line with engine/wing/stab inline)
Composite ARF Extra 300 (low wing placement causes some pitch issues)
AirWild Giles 300 (good rolling manuvers with the straight trailing edge)

3D should be a toss up with the above planes.

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Old 10-05-2003, 07:10 AM
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Have you flown all three? How do they compare in snaps and spins . . . especially upline snaps and partial snaps.

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We have 2 TBM 260, 2 custom built light weight copies of the 260, and 2 composite ARF extras. They are very similiar for precision flying. Snaps of any type are what they do best. The CA is a little easier to roll. The TBM has about 70 sq in more wing and is 2-3 lb lighter. This lets it start and stop snaps a little better and if you bury an upline snap it will recover quicker.

For 3D the TBM is significantly better. It's lighter and more stable in almost everything. The CA is more stable in an inverted harrier. Other than that the light weight of the TBM is really nice for 3D.

Both planes are fine with any of the 100cc class twins. If you're considering one of the singles, the TBM would definitely be better.

IMAC I rate as a tossup. 3D goes the the TBM. I have not even seen the AirWild Giles so can't be of any help there.

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I have noticed that the TBM flies quite a bit slower than the CA Extra. You have to make your maneuvers a little bigger with the CA. I haven't flown the TBM but after watching it all summer (IMAC competitions) I'm really impressed with it. The owner did have some issues with the wood being too soft - very fragile out of the box.
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Thanks for the input Guys. Yes I plan on using a DA 100, that I have on the Shelf. The Canister mufflers will go into the TBM a lot easier so that is a plus too.

Rob
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You have a DA100 on the shelf? I need to have shelves like yours!


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Thanks for the input Guys. Yes I plan on using a DA 100, that I have on the Shelf. The Canister mufflers will go into the TBM a lot easier so that is a plus too.

Rob
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Thanks for the input Guys. Yes I plan on using a DA 100, that I have on the Shelf. The Canister mufflers will go into the TBM a lot easier so that is a plus too.
Rob
Dave VonLisowe designed the TBM Extra and had a hand in designing the DA engines. These two were made for each other. Go for it and you won't need to look back.

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