I spoke this afternoon with an accomplished pilot who’d had a chance to fly an SR20 for the first time this week. He said when he was up there and feeling how responsive the thing felt to the little sidestick – especially in roll axis, “like a fighter” he said – he couldn’t help thinking: What if I rolled it? How would it perform?
He did the responsible thing (since various officials were with him), and did not try any aerobatics in the plane. But this is Seattle – place where in 1955 the the famous Boeing test pilot Tex Johnston put a 707 prototype through a barrel roll when flying over the ‘Seafair’ festival on Lake Washington. And so he felt tempted to keep wondering: how would it do in a roll? Anyone have a theory, based on specs or experience? JimF