Anyone who has ever watched an extra at an aerobatic demonstration will not worry about their name. Because it’s extra class what these machines do in the sky.
Nevertheless, the name actually goes back to its inventor, Walter Extra. In 1993, the first propeller engine left the plant of his company Extra Aircraft at Schwarze Heide airfield near Dinslaken in Germany. The flying machines of the multiple German master in motor aerobatics are characterized by their extreme manoeuvrability. This is due to their strong motorization, their light weight, the low wingspan and the large rudder surfaces such as rashes.
The two-seater Extra 300L of the Flying Bulls is used as a media machine, for aerobatic briefings and for individual performances at aviation events, but has also had many appearances at airshows in Poland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. It is based on the single-seat Extra 300S and Extra 300. In contrast to the Extra 300, the Extra 300L has lowered wings. There are no aerodynamic advantages, but a plus in comfort when entering the company. The 300 in its name owes the machine its engine power in horsepower, which is provided by a six-cylinder lycoming AEIO 540 engine. This accelerates the aircraft to a top speed of 400 km/h. The climb rate is 975 meters per minute, the maximum altitude is 4,880 meters and the maximum range is 650 km. A four-blade dispersing propeller from MT propeller provides the right drive for loops or simple rotations.
What these figures mean for passengers could be seen from the faces of numerous journalists and celebrities such as Smudo, Sebastian Vettel, Oliver Polzer, Christian Schiester or Daniel Schuhmacher on their exit. Up to 8g and many race-like flight manoeuvres let the guests experience the strain and at the same time fascination of aerobatics up close. The passenger takes a seat on the front seat of the machine and looks at minimal instrumentation, which provides information about speed, height and g-load. The rear cockpit is reserved for the pilot and offers all the instruments for monitoring and control.
The Extra 300L of the Flying Bulls was allowed to sniff the sky for the first time in 2008. The cockpit is reserved for only a handful of pilots. Anyone who is allowed to sit in the passenger seat should have done well with the pilot beforehand.
Facts & Figures
Number OE-CRB / OE-ARB
Manufacturer Extra Aircraft Production and Sales GmbH
Built 2008 / 2007
Factory number 1281 / 1251
Engine Textron-Lycoming AEIO 540-L1B5
Power 300 hp
Displacement approx. 9 l
Cruise speed 255 km/h / 140 kts
Top speed 400 km/h / 220 kts
Service ceiling 4,880m / 16,000ft
Max. Flight time approx. 2 h 15 min
Range 650 km / 350 nm
Fuel consumption aerobatics: approx. 90 l/h, cruising flight: approx. 70 l/h
Kerb weight 660 kg / 1,455 lbs
Max. Takeoff weight 950 kg / 2,100 lbs
Seats 1 pilot / 1 passenger
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