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Which one would you buy, Piper Malibu JetProp or the TBM 850?

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Looking at one of these single engine turbos, which one is better overall?

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They're different, that's for sure. I prefer the JetProp. It's smaller and lighter and just feels more similar to the GA piston singles and twins I usually fly in FS, making me feel more at home. The TBM 850 is of course ridiculously expensive in real life, much bigger and heavier (needs more runway), and it's just more of a "fantasy" airlpane for most people. It is also significantly faster than the JetProp by close to 100 kts.

 

As for the FS models themselves, I think the JetProp has fewer glitches and issues, where as the TBM 850 requires a tweaked airfile just to behave normally when yawing with the rudder pedals. The JetProp is also more frame rate friendly, so if you're running an older system that's something to keep in mind.

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I would go for the TBM.

 

It is sleek, sexy, and the cockpit environment is much nicer than the Jetprop.

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After the patches I prefer the TBM. The Jetprop overall runs a bit better and all but the TBM ist just a damn pretty plane..and very fast. I like the modern feeling in the cockpit, too.

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Yes, Bert has me tempted as well.

 

The JetProp supports RXP integration, and having the 530 and 430 integrated with the G500 (a Bert modified one, that is!) provides for a glass/hybrid cockpit that I enjoy using.  The RXP's provide the muscle behind the scenes, and the 500 displays make it all look pretty even though they themselves aren't particularly deep.  I've avoided any of Carenado's G1000 planes so far simply because they would be a step backwards in functionality in many ways - when in reality they should be a step forward.

 

Reading some of Bert's postings has almost convinced me to give it all a try using one of my RXP's as a popup, as other than G1000 depth this looks like it has become a very nice plane.

 

Scott

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I would go for the TBM.

X2, though I am into intense mid-Summer grounds care and fishing and am not yet flying enough to spring for this one.

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I have both, and like both, but I like to look at what I'd buy in the real world if I had the bucks, and that would be the TBM.  You can fill it with people and fuel and fly.  The Jet Prop and Malibu's and Meridian's are really more personal airplanes.  Yeah, they have four seats in back, but you'll have to leave fuel at home to use them.  I use the TBM to fly for Greenbrier Virtual which is actually a 

air taxi service, so being able to fill it with folks is a plus.

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