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Old 12th Jul 2011, 14:08
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Socata TB 200 Tobago XL

Afternoon all,

Thinking of buying a TB200 XL and wondered if anyone has any experience of these machines, how do you find them? Who does the maintenance and where? What is part availability like, and anything else you might think useful for me to know before I take the plunge?

I'd also be interested in hearing from anyone that has experience with TB10 and TB20 also to see how it compares.
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Old 13th Jul 2011, 19:17
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Spent some time flying a TB200 (G-HEVN) out of enstone - very nice to fly, quick, stable and not too thirsty
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Old 13th Jul 2011, 19:30
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nah - dont think there is anyone around here with a TB20.....
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 18:56
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IO must be on holiday :-)
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Old 14th Jul 2011, 19:16
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His normal average of 10 posts per hour would suggest that, yes
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 09:59
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Is he Ok? ...... bit surprised that he hasnt checked in via sat phone uplink dongle to bluetooth Superpad linked to triple axis auto connected lcd screen ( at fl 120)
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 15:38
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Is he OK?
Not sure you are the only one beginning to wonder.
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 16:15
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I bet he has a good word for a TB20
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 16:30
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Revising for the JAA IR "95%-trash" exams.

Some TB20 notes can be found here. An excellent aircraft.
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 17:07
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panic over
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 18:48
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Isn't the OP asking about the TB200 not the TB20?

The TB200 is the TB10 with a 200hp donkey rather than the 180hp.
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 19:36
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Even I was beginning to worry
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 21:17
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Spent some time flying a TB200 (G-HEVN) out of enstone - very nice to fly, quick, stable and not too thirsty
Much what G-HEVN's current owner thinks about it, after a fair bit of work on it following some neglect!
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 23:10
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I flew it last about 3 years ago, I rented it from a flying club at Enstone, when I flew it my memories were of a very nice aircraft which seemed well looked after and cared for - are you saying that was not the case and it had issues which were not apparent?
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Old 16th Jul 2011, 11:20
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Welcome back IO, good luck with the exams, just finished a great brunch in the French Alps with baguette and Beaufort d'ete, not that it has anything to do with this thread.....!
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Old 16th Jul 2011, 13:34
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The OP wrote

I'd also be interested in hearing from anyone that has experience with TB10 and TB20 also to see how it compares.
... hence the TB20 comments.

The TB200 is a fine plane, and has fuel injection so no dreaded carb heat issues, but, along with the TB9 or TB10, doesn't even begin to compare with a TB20 in terms of performance and mission capability.

Very few TB200s were ever sold. I think they were way overpriced by the time they came out, and very few TB9s or 10s were selling by that time anyway because they were overpriced too.
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Old 16th Jul 2011, 15:31
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I flew it last about 3 years ago, I rented it from a flying club at Enstone, when I flew it my memories were of a very nice aircraft which seemed well looked after and cared for - are you saying that was not the case and it had issues which were not apparent?
It was then, but had a rather long annual subsequently. New owner bought it during that process for a very reasonable amount, it looks good now!
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