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    great airplane except ground handling

    So, for what it's worth, I originally thought the same thing regarding the ground handling. However, I was determined to master it. I am a real world pilot, or used to be before health issues, but I have never flown a TBM so I can't speak for or against how the Hotstart compares other than what the developer states that it is pretty close. Based on all other systems and accuracy I would have to tend to believe that the ground handling probably is also. Not all airplanes are equal. Some handle well, others not so well, some are forgiving, others are death traps. I admit that the ground handling on this plane was very frustrating because I wanted to just jump in and fly. That didn't work too well. So, what do we do? We go back to everything our infamous flight instructors always told us; "Practice, practice and practice some more." Do touch and go after touch and go; which is what I did. What helps me most is moving the rudder trim half way to the right between center and the green hash for takeoff, hold the brakes until 2000 rpm, release and continue to slowly increase torque. For landing, make sure the rudder trim is centered. Not saying it will work for everyone but does for me. I won't make the claim that I've completely "mastered" it yet, but taxi, takeoff and landing is now controllable as I have a good "feel" for the aircraft. Of course crosswinds throws another element to it, but it does with any aircraft. With the level of depth of this aircraft, realism is everything and sometimes that means...practice, practice, practice. As far as mastering it? As pilots do we ever really master anything? Every flight is a constant critique and our entire flying career whether professional or hobby always has good flights and bad flights. This is the only plane I fly in X-Plane now due to it's depth and my perfectionist inner self to constantly improve with this plane. Just my two cents as I certainly can relate to the frustration, but stick with it and it will pay off and bring continued joy with this plane. I leave you with this.... : “It is the professional pilot's bounden duty to know the idiosyncrasies of each type (of airplane), for he must spend a large proportion of his active career exploiting its qualities and compensating for its faults. These secrets cannot be discovered in a ground school.” ― Ernest K. Gann, Fate Is the Hunter Eric