I spoke with several Cirrus people and one Arnav person today.
SR22 position holders up through #32 have gotten letters telling them delivery dats. #32’s is for May 23rd (I’m #34, so haven’t heard yet).
The next set of letters won’t go out for another month, as the contract folks won’t have gotten required info from production until then.
The Arnav guy said that the engine monitoring is in Cirrus’s hands and it is up to Cirrus to pass judgement on the package. Once Cirrus gives the OK, it is on to the STC process with the FAA, which takes months. Best guess is engine monitor will be here this fall. Check http://www.arnav.com/icds2000.htm the Arnav picture of what it looks like.
Next thing is the Ryan TCAD. Arnav is waiting for Ryan to get the 9900BX STC’d. This is the model with active interrogation. I.e., in non-radar environments, the BX will send its own radar-like pulse out to trigger transponders in other aircraft. The engineering work at Arnav has been done for some time. Once the BX is STC’d, Arnav will then review whether the specs that Ryan gave them years ago, and which they wrote the software for years ago, still hold. Once that’s done, it is on the STC process.
Wx-uplink is available now, with the new FAA-directed system. However, coverage is only on the east coast and a little of the midwest. The west coast won’t be covered until late next year. Note that Arnav also operates an old “test” wx-uplink system that is more complete, but won’t be compatible with the new system.
I know that Cirrus has given great support to folks before and after the sale. However, I am a bit frustrated by several things:
I have to call Arnav to find out the status of something as important as engine monitoring. When I spoke with the sales guy for my area of the US, he said “Ask Arnav”. Not a good answer.
My sales guy and Ian Bently also said “fly it for a year before you add anything”. I find this insulting. I’ve been flying for long enough and had enough experience to know that it is worth it to me to have several things that Cirrus doesn’t offer. Instead, they should give less BS and say “sorry we don’t offer that, yet, but we’ll give limited support to the avionics shop to do it for you”.
I spoke with an avionics guy who is trying to install a gaget in a Cirrus plane. He said that in his 23 years in the business, he’s never run into an aircraft manufacturer who has been so uncooperative.
I think Cirrus is doing a wonderful job overall. And I don’t fault them for not having various options ready yet. A lot of it is out of their control and they do have to focus on their core business. But to (1) claim they don’t know things which they either should or do, and (2) to not help avionics people do what Cirrus is unwilling or unable to do, is not good for us customers, or, in the long run, Cirrus.
I, for one, am going to wait for the engine monitoring from Arnav/Cirrus. It looks so much better than jamming a JPI 800 into the bolster or something.
I would like to add a
http://www.avionix.com/ralt.html Trimble Radar Altimeter (TRA 3000 with TRI-30 display (28 VDC)) as soon as possible after I take delivery. Does anyone know where such a display could be added or have any experience with this unit?
I would also like to add an air/data computer, which will also a head which is 1.4" by 3.5", but this is less urgent. Lastly is TCAD/TCAS, which I will add as soon as possible. But I don’t want my plane to go down for six months, as has happened to one SR20 waiting for various entities to cooperate.