For those pos-holders residing outside the USA, I have some news from a contact in Cirrus regarding certification.
The SR20 is certified under FAR23, which is in theory reciprocally accepted by several other countries. However Cirrus’ efforts so far to gain type certificates in other countries (to allow local registration) have not gone so well.
In Europe, the JAA are being their usual bureaucratic selves, and certification is some way off, and will end up costing Cirrus lots of money. They recently hosted several JAA officials at Duluth, presumably entirely at Cirrus’ expense. For this reason, all the SR20s in Europe will remain on the N-register for the forseeable future. Nonetheless, Europe is important to Cirrus, because of the large order base.
In Canada, Cirrus expected minimal difficulty, but this has proven not to be the case. Since there are no early Canadian deliveries scheduled, this has basically been shelved.
Other countries, like Australia and South Africa, where there are orders, have so far not even been started. There is a move inside Cirrus to concentrate on countries with early deliveries, however the European and Canadian experiences have apparently made Cirrus twice shy, and the timetable for getting certification in such countries is quite uncertain.
Cirrus’ official response to queries on this subject is something like “we cannot estimate when local certification will be complete. You may wish to defer delivery until we can offer local certification”. You can imagine how well this goes down!
If local certification (and thus registration) is not available, the only option is to get an FAA licence. Does anyone have any experience with obtaining an FAA licence without actually doing it in person at an FSDO?