To the critical “anonymous posters” I am very sorry that Mooney is bankcrupt, or that Lancair can’t produce airplanes… and your feeling really insecure about your job and the company that you presently work for. But please don’t take it out on Cirrus customers. Maybe if you would be willing to move up to “Gods” country (Duluth) you might be able to get a job at a GREAT company up there.
As for the bonding on the fairing…I have owned and have about 175 hours in an SR20, and more recently around 75 hours in my new SR22. On both aircraft there have been minor issues with the fairing bonding. In both cases my local FBO (also a Cirrus Service Center in MKG) has repaired the problem. I have also had other minor imperfections with both planes.
One thing that did make me feel better however was when an AP/IA at Dulles Aviation in Manassas, VA did the pre-buy inspection for the purchaser of my SR20. He was experienced, very knowledgeable, painfully thorough and critical of several things regarding my SR20. After reciting a somewhat long list of superficial, and yes even a couple of design flaws, I began to feel myself losing a sale. The buyer was listening to the same diatribe as I was. Upon his completion of the inspection, I nervously asked him what he thought of the plane. After his earlier criticism his response surprised me, he said that he thought it was an awesome airplane and said the Cirrus had far less sqwawks than even the best new Cessna he’d ever seen (They were a Cessna Dealer and service center). And that really surprised him because Cessna had been making basically the same airplanes for more than twenty years. He believed that the flaws seemed relatively minor, and that it was an excellent aircraft. He said that he anticipated seeing a lot more Cirrus’ in the future and would like to become a Cirrus service center.
The point?..They’re not perfect, but they’re closer than anything else out there. I have literally loved both my 20 and 22, and have gotten spoiled. I also appreciate the attitude of the Company towards their product, and need for continual improvement.
If Cirrus wasn’t doing such a great job, other companies wouldn’t be compelled to spew out bullshit about Arabs or landing gear made from 2X4’s, and remain anonymous.