Two have inferred… stated… that you should not fly the SR anywhere/time that you wouldn’t a non chute plane.
Really? I don’t buy that.
I’m NOT saying that you are as safe flying over mountains, at night, in IMC as you are sitting at home on your couch. Eliminate any one of the three (and don’t add anything else…), and I’m OK. But as always, if you choose to, just make sure your passengers are read in on the risks.
I sold the Bo and bought the SR because I do fly at night, and over/in wide spread IMC, and very often LIFR conditions. 98% of that is around Texas - fairly flat.
After having an oil indication problem coming back from Austin one night, and making a rapid unscheduled landing in Lampasas, I avoided night as much as I possibly could. Now, with the chute equipped SR, I enjoy flying night, again.
And I’m a LOT more comfortable making those early morning trips to Houston when I cross 250 miles of LIFR conditions.
Yes, both the Bo and the SR have risk, but IMO, one has measurably more risk.
There is nothing more valuable than training to mitigate risk. Combine that with a chute or second engine, and you get some, literally, staggering safety records (0.82 and 0.31 per 100k hours flown in a 3 year period and a 12 month period in the Cirrus is that definition).
So, Vijay, you know where I stand. Of course, you’ve seen my stance on BeechTalk. I don’t think you can fly a statistically safer plane until you burn kerosene, when you combine the plane with training. The one exception is a twin, but only if you fly a LOT, and go to SIMCOM every six months. At least, that’s what I need to feel safe. Most twin pilots think they train enough, but fatality stats say they don’t - roughly the same as over all singles.
I bought the SR only because of the chute. It came down to a twin or the chute. I recognize my propensity for putting things off when I’m busy. I could see myself saying, gee, I’ve flown every week for 6 months - why would one more month matter. At that point, I felt, for me, the twin became more of a risk than the SR.
Because I can’t afford a turbine, the decision was made. For me.