So, convinced by the logic of fellow owners, I ordered an Insight GEM 602. What an adventure! Rather akin to rolling a boulder uphill with one’s nose.
First, I optimistically assumed there had to be somewhere to fit it. After all, Walt has one in his plane. Wrong. The stack on the C configuration precludes mounting it in the vicinity of the flap handle, likewise, the throttle quadrant is no good.
Next, I optimistically hope that I can replace the existing CHT/EGT with the GEM. Wrong, not certified, ditto for the 610 GEM, and the JPI.
Next, a creative brainstorm. Remove the existing CHT/EGT, and replace it with the GEM. After all, the sr20 is part 26 certified, and therefore a CHT/EGT is not required for an aircraft without cowl flaps. Looks promising. All I’d need, I assume, is a field form 337 from the local FAA FSDO.
Wrong. Cirrus lists the EGT/CHT in the POH on the equipment list, and does not denote whether it is required or optional, simply as equipment on the aircraft during certification.
So, the local FSDO is unable to sign off on the removal of the existing EGT/CHT. Instead, I have a proposed form 337 going to the FAA in Des Plaines, Illinois for their consideration. Should take a couple of weeks to get an answer. If any of you have any other creative ideas about how to install a monitor in a C configuration without removing something, I’m all ears. Best, Dave