I am planning to make a decision soon on placing a contract on an SR20 through my firm. If possible, I’d like some feedback on what our budget should be for the following fixed costs:
In our area (Northern Virginia), hanger space is rarely available, and if a hanger does open up (we want to base at HEF - Manassas), the cost is over $600 per month. How necessary is it to hanger the SR20, given its composite construction? I’m a little concerned based on some reports of warping of the instrument panel. Is anyone else out there keeping a Cirrus on the ramp in a hot summer (90 + degrees typical), cold winter environment (down to 0 degrees occasionally)?
What are the fixed costs on the Garman 430/420 updates (likely will go with B configuration)?
Has anyone had an annual yet, and if so, are there any unusual, associated costs? What have the costs been?
By the way, I did a demo flight in the Diamond Star 140. I loved the plane, but it has no practical storage space for luggage. So it looks like the Cirrus SR20 is back in contention if we don’t go for a used Dakota or similar plane.
Thanks in advance for any responses.