I spoke Cirrus today to find out if they had any new information on when SR22 #34 will be ready. The contract date is April 30. The most recent thing I heard was “maybe May”. Today they said they didn’t have firm dates yet – I guess they are still in their replan. But they said roughly “late May”. So it isn’t slipping much. They emphasized that this was a rough estimate.
They also said that #34 would be the 22nd SR22 and that contract #80 would be reached after 65 actual SR22’s had been delivered. This was the first time I had heard the correspondence between contract numbers and a/c. It is useful to know this when trying to gauge the effect of production rates on when a particular contract number will turn into a real plane.
Remember that the first 200 or so SR20’s have many holes as about 20% of the SR20 position holders converted to SR22 positions. I don’t know what the correspondence is for SR20’s.
PS. Taxing back at PAO about 10 days ago, I saw Paul’s SR22. After tying down, I walked over for a peek. It is gorgeous.
PPS. There is a case of an SR20 parked at a small airport in California which had all of its avionics stolen (or so I was told). I wondered whether the GNS 430 would become a target for theives that the KX155 has been. Does anyone else have information on this? I hoped that Garmin would put in logic to disable the radio if stolen, like many German car radios. I know you’d have to do this very carefully so as to not have it lock up in flight after cycling power or something.
Or perhaps there is some other method for reducing our radios appeal to theives. Does anyone worry about taking their Cirrus’s to Mexico? Do you take special precautions?