Great reading and thanks to both Bill and CLyde for making it available. Eager to read more whenever it’s available! Sure beats the hell out of chatter about presidential candidates.
I wonder if the rudder trim adjustment would bring the TAS back up to “book?” Or perhaps I misunderstood the situation as Bill described it.
Regarding the comparison to the Tiger: among my hours in rental planes are about 60 Tiger hours–both the 1970s and 1990s “AG5B” versions. It is probably my favorite pre-SR20 plane for just flying (not necessarily for “travelling”): terrific handling in the air, great visibility, and a sweetheart to land. It’s not even a bad short-field plane at low altitude if you wink at the POH and use 1/3 - 1/2 flaps for takeoff. What little SR20 time I have begged so far concurs with Bill and Walt that flying the Grumman is a “near-SR20 experience,” i.e., closer to the Cirrus than any other GA plane in ground handling, takeoff, and landing.
However, I’ll bet that, with its sophisticated airfoil design, the SR20’s performance at altitude is far superior–the Tiger’s performance degrades astoundingly fast as the temperature rises and air thins. Just thinking about taking a Tiger to Lake Tahoe in the summer is enough to make me wake up gasping in the middle of the night.
I am skeptical that the 3rd Tiger incarnation about to appear will sell many units unless it substantially undercuts the SR20’s price.
Bill Marvel has written another instalment of the ferry story, and I have put up a map of the route.
http://www.sr20.org/stories/n142cd-ferry.php3Read all about it.