I flew a G1000 DA-20 earlier tonight. I have a ton of comments, don’t know if I can remember them all. he first is I am a low time pilot 170 hours, 90 since March in my Cirrus and should have the Instrument rating in a month or so.
The Good, it is a really slick presentation and you can switch back and forth if you loose the PFD you can display it on the right screen. The PFD screen has a small version on the display of what our GPS would be showing since the GPS is in the back. The right screen has the engine display down the left side all the time. The breakers are where you can actually see them without breaking your back. My Pumpkin gets in the way. The Nav side of the radios automatically idents the navaids, when we flew the ILS into Little Rock I-LIT popped up on the top of the screen. I like this and I don’t like this. The seats are pretty comfortable, much better than the Katanas I learned in. However, they still lean back too far, part of the G-force protection. It has bigger vent windows than the Katana, nice on the ground for taxi in the rain. The VSI indicator is just a little tag with a number, I like ours better. The autopilot is not as nice as the 55x. On the airspeed side on the tape you can adjust, and it will tag all your V-speeds.
Now for the don’t like side of the equation. Boy am I spoiled, the cabin is not quite 42 inches wide, and I am not a little guy, 5’10" and 230 lbs. There is very little head room, in turbulence my head would hit the ceiling hard. I forgot how rock steady a Cirrus is, some bumps aloft, all that air was going east for some reason. The radio are very different. The numbers are just up top and they are split with Comm1 on one side and Comm 2 on the other. The active freq is the one that is the innermost. The stick is in the way of my large legs, I play soccer and have big thighs. The glide slope is similar to ours, the localizer is just the HSI, no seperate one like the Cirrus. The 180 is a dog and I fly a 20 in hot, humid conditions. Flat out today TAS is about 120, my plane is 140 to 145. They also display TAS and GS no where near the IAS tape. There is an integrated transponder. All in all there are way too many buttons compared to the Avidyne. It too yells traffic about planes on the ground. The dash is too high, I have a tall sitting height ( I have short legs) and there is not a good view over the dash. This is all I can remember at this time. Wouldn’t trade them even for N5129J, but will probably move up to a 22 when I get my rating if Cirrus will sell me one.
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