Yes I still have my SR22. I got it in July, 2001 and now have about 650 hours on it. Prior to the SR22 I had a Duke for 12 years and a BE55 Baron for the 10 years before that. Therefore the transition back to a single was a major change for me.
My plane has a Stormscope but does NOT have TKS (it wasn’t available when I bought it). Currently I do not have XM weather but am investigating adding it. My plane has the ARNAV display so I would have to add the ARNAV product for a permanent installation and I’m not sure I want to go that route.
The question of what flights would I make in a twin that I wouldn’t make in the Cirrus is interesting. For a start, I’m based in Chicago and with the twin I would accept routings over Lake Michigan without a question. I now go around the lake.
The Duke was certified for flight in known icing but my personal rule has always been that unless I have a sure fire way of escaping ice I avoid it in any light aircraft. While the Duke did allow more options to avoid ice the problem with ice in this part of the world are mainly with departure and approaches rather than enroute since there are so many altitudes available.
Thunderstorms are pretty much a non issue. I find the Stormscope to be at least as valuable as the radar I had on the Duke. I probably give thunderstorms a wider berth that I did with onboard radar but that’s a good thing.
Interestingly, in the almost four years I’ve had the plane I’ve cancelled 4 flights due to weather. I would not have made those flights in the Duke either. In each instance I was able to make the trip the next day. I have NEVER had an unscheduled cancellation due to maintenance. With the Duke equipment problems were all too common (not to mention expensive).
I do fly to Jackson, WY two to three times a year and must admit that I still feel safer with two fans than one over the rough terrain although the BRS system gives me a certain feeling of extra comfort. I have pretty much given up IMC over the mountains, especially if there is any chance of ice. I also have cut way back on my night flying although that is primarily because I’m 61, my night vision isn’t as good as it used to be and by dark I’m usually tired and don’t feel like flying. I had already cut back when I still had the Duke.
Regarding how the SR22 handles ice I can only tell you that I’ve only experienced light icing and other than a drop in IAS have not had any problem. Remember though that I do not loiter in ice and if ice starts to form I immediately take action to get out of it. The worst ice I’ve ever had was in the Duke, an airplane certified for known icing. I was coming back home to DPA and was descended into clouds were the tops were 5000 feet. I was vectored all over and picked up lots and lice of the white stuff. The boots were recycled every 2-3 minutes and the plane still was getting more and more sluggish. Eventually I landed (without flaps at much higher speed than usual). After shutting down and getting out ice was projecting from virtually every non booted or heated part of the airframe. The point is that certified or not it is important to avoid ice in any light GA aircraft. That was a flight I would NOT have made in the Cirrus and shouldn’t have made in the Duke.
My IFR departure minimums in the Cirrus are basically double the landing minimums for the airport in question (e.g. 400/1 if there is an ILS to 200/1/2. In the Duke I would go with 200/1/2. These are not hard and fast especially if the low ceiling/visibility is not over a widespread area. I have no hesitation flying an approach to minimums in the Cirrus.
I must admit that I do miss the pressurization and air conditioning that I had in the Duke but when I look at the bills I can deal with it!
Overall trading the Duke for the Cirrus was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my flying career. With the Duke I only flew on trips. It was too expensive to just go out for an hour or two for fun. There was no hundred dollar hamburger - flying for a burger could easily cost three hundred dollars or more. With the Cirrus I can just fly whenever I have the urge and am not working. At 13 gph (or less if I’m just sightseeing) I don’t have to feel guilty about having fun.
Hope that answers some of your questions.