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Aero-TV: Extra; the Airplane, the Man, and His Grand DeLand Plan

From 2023 (YouTube Version): Germany’s Best by Way of Florida

Established in 1980 by German aerobatic pilot Walter Extra as a means by which to design and develop his own airplanes, EXTRA Aircraft—EXTRA Flugzeugbau in its founder’s native tongue—has evolved into one of the world’s premier makers of aerobatic aircraft.

EXTRA’s aircraft line-up comprises the EXTRA 330 SC, a single seat, low-wing, aerobatic monoplane possessed of the sort of aerobatic performance that won world championships in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2022; the EXTRA 330 LX, a two-seat, tandem arrangement, low-wing, aerobatic monoplane eminently suited to both aerobatic competition and dual instruction; the EXTRA 330, a slick, two-seat, glass-panel machine that EXTRA rightfully touts as the Aerobatic Tourer; the EXTRA 330 LP, a two-seat, tandem arrangement, low-wing aerobatic monoplane that’s slightly less aggressive than the LX; and finally, the EXTRA NG, the company’s next-generation aerobatic aircraft and heir-apparent to EXTRA’s legacy competition aircraft.

In autumn 2022, Walter Extra—who in addition to founding Extra serves as the company’s CEO—announced the formation of EXTRA Aircraft USA LP. The facility is based at Florida’s DeLand Airport (DED) and provides factory-authorized parts and maintenance support to all North American EXTRA aircraft owners. Additionally, the entirety of new EXTRA aircraft bound for North America are received at the DeLand facility and verified fit for delivery by factory-trained and authorized staff.

Duncan Koerbel, a veteran aerospace executive who’s logged approximately one-thousand hours in EXTRA aircraft, serves as EXTRA Aircraft USA’s general manager. Mr. Koerbel works closely with Eric Extra, manager of maintenance; and Marcus Extra, manager of production. Together, the trio has established the company’s new factory-direct model and positioned the DeLand installation to support the North American EXTRA fleet well into the future.

Marcus Extra notes: “We have an excellent order backlog and continue to be pleased with the demand for our new NG as well as the 330SC. … This arrangement will allow us to be even closer to our customers.”

Eric Extra added: “We have initially leased hangar facilities in DeLand but are exploring a purpose-built option for the long-term future. Marcus and I are excited to continue to grow the company our father founded forty-years ago.”

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