Dear Fellow Cirrusites:
N1952K has been our newest family member since February 15 of this year and the love affair is steamier than ever. After 40 hours I still find the aircraft totally amazing and I am clearly spoiled by all the goodies what our spam-can driver brethren can only drool after.
Today, however a very odd thing happened when we were coming home into the ChicagoLand area. The lake shore was busier than ever with a full compliment of sightseer GA aircrafts coupled with the usual commercial traffic headed to O’Hare. I just cancelled IFR heading North along the lake shore but still in contact with Chicago center with the autopilot in the HDG mode. Skywatch was doing a great job and I knew where every flying contraption was around us.
At one point however, when I got the annoying “traffic, traffic” warning the A/P suddenly disengaged and the 22 started a gentle climbing turn. The following couple of second were mighty interesting saying the least. There were at least 15 - 20 aircrafts of all kinds around us (pretty common around ORD) and I knew that at least one was very close while I had my aircraft making a climbing turn on its own.
Well, it took only a couple of seconds to reestablish order but, it sure seemed like an eternity.
In retrospect, neither my passenger nor I recalled any conscious act of disengaging the A/P. We were both very busy watching for traffic especially when the traffic alert was announced. The possibility that in the excitement one of us could have pushed the A/P disengage button certainly exists but, neither of us recalled that. Also, the aircraft was not making any abrupt maneuvers that could have caused the A/P to disengage. The POH did not offer any help in explaining what happened.
Does anybody have any thoughts?
Appreciate your input.