Any comments would be appreciated.
I, three, was a Tiger driver. It is truly a great plane; however, like most GA planes it was cramped and at 6’4" and 225 comfort was a major factor for me. When I saw the Cirrus I was taken with the room, speed, and potential price (didn’t know what the price was going to be back then). As it has turned out I love the Cirrus even more than I thought I would. Two big people can sit in the front seat without having to become intimate with one another AND have a center arm rest too! It is really comfortable.
Visibility is about the same outstanding as the Tiger, which I think is one of the best in GA. Flight controls on the SR20 are “stiffer” than the Tiger, but are extremely responsive. The control inputs do not take much movement to generate a quick smooth response.
The panel is great. The absence of a control “wheel” in front you make you feel so much less cramped than the space would indicate. While I only on the ‘A’ model, I find it is more than adequate. I can use the ARNAV for situation awareness and the 430 for flight navigation and the 250 to track progress to the destination. Incidentally, I think many installations of dual 430s in planes that do not have a MFD are doing so in order to use one as the moving map and the other for IFR navigation.
The one of the major things taken directly from the Tiger is the landing gear and castering nose wheel. The mains are almost identical to the Tiger except the SR20 mains are about 8’ feet apart Â… more stable. With the Tiger you have to be careful when putting people in the back seat and then stepping up Â… the tail will drop to the ramp! Not so with the SR20. You can load the back seats and the baggage compartment and still step up without fear of having the tail drop. In fact, I have sat in the baggage compartment and the tail didn’t drop! The nose wheel works just like the Tiger Â… superbly. You have incredible maneuverability on the ground.
Approaches typically have higher and a little hotter than the Tiger, but the recent approval of 120 KIAS 50% flap extension speed it is much easier to slow down. When you lower the flaps at 120 KIAS you can slow down to 90 KIAS in relatively short order. Before the recent flap extension speed increase it was difficult to slow down within the certified limits.
I’ve had the SR20 for about 9 months and flown the SR20 nearly 300 hours now and am pleased with the plane. It is the best bargain in GA, in my view. Yes, the plane has some short comings, but overall it is a great VALUE.
Hope this helps.