If one steps back and reflects on the content of both the public and members’ forums, there’s a lot of (a) technical Q’s & A’s, and (b) reports/complaints about squawks, things going wrong or breaking, etc. All understandable, useful, even necessary…but if I were new to the forums and considering a Cirrus, my first impression would be along the lines of “Cripes, isn’t anyone having any FUN with these planes?”
I for one would enjoy reading more about owners’ interesting times with their Cirri, on the ground and in the air.
My own most recent rewarding Cirrus experience was in the SR20 as an Angel Flight pilot. The passengers were a young couple with 2 little kids living in the Sierra foothills. The husband had been undergoing repeated treatments for head/neck cancer at Stanford–a nasty and dangerous disease–and had recently been diagnosed with half a dozen new tumors for which daily radiation treatments were required. They made an unusual request to Angel Flight West: daily flights to and from their home to Palo Alto for treatment over a 4 week period, about 40 flights in all. 45 minute flight vs 3+ hour drive each way. This would allow them to be with their kids every evening during the treatments, time which was doubtless precious given the seriousness of his condition. Within less than a day AF was able to round up more than enough volunteer pilots and back-up pilots for the 40 flights. Tina and I did 2 of them, a week apart, flying them back home in the afternoon. We were fortunately blessed by good weather both times, and we included a Bay Tour for them on the way home. This couple was extraordinarily gracious and grateful to AF for helping out during their time of serious need. They also remarked both times about how nice the SR20 was to ride in as a passenger: roomy, comfortable, NEW, with great visibility. For those of you who haven’t thought about volunteer flying such as Angel FLight, I really recommend it. Tina and I got a great feeling from being able to help this couple and make their lives just a little easier during a very stressful period.
SR20 860P & 260se/stol 812KT