I have owned and operated a 2005 Cessna 182 (G1000) for 4 year and have about 650 hours in the plane and feel extremely confident but feel the Skylane is lacking speed. We live in Central Pa and are normal trips are to Upstate NY or Myrtle Beach SC where we own vacation homes for weekend trip. Due to are busy work schedule most of the time we can only due short weekend trip and feel the extra speed would be extremely useful also my wife loves the idea of a parachute because we due a lot of night IFR flying.I have a few hours in the SR20 and SR22 and was very impressed with how the Cirrus fly’s. I have a few question listed below to help decide what airplane to buy. We also debated purchasing a few other airplanes but always keep coming back to the Cirrus.
G1000 vs Avidyne? I am seeing a few good deals on Avidyne and like the idea of being able to upgrade GPS & Auto Pilot.
AC? I flew a rental SR22 with AC and was not impressed at all with it but I am not sure if something was wrong with the AC system on that airplane. I felt like it was just a fan with no cool air.
Did anyone else transition from a Skyalne and whats your thoughts?
Is the Avidyne system reliable?