Ok…time to start a new subject. The usefulness of the Garmin 196/296. One of the most useful tools on the Garmin 196 (and I presume on the 296), is the weight and balance calculator. I searched the archives, but found nothing previously posted. If you are not using this feature, it will save you a lot of time as after you set up your Cirrus parameters in the program, you simply enter the weights of the passengers and baggage and it gives you the CG. If you print out the envelope page and have it with you, you merely take the number produced by the Garmin and see if you are within the envelope.
Although I don’t have my Cirrus yet ((28 days and counting), I use this feature all the time with my T Arrow. Living on an island, we load the plane up at Costco when we visit America (what we islanders call the mainland) and there are many times that I have my wife put that large bottle of Tide on the floor in the front seat to move CG forward. (you would be amazed at what you can get in an Arrow).
Peter (N466CE SR22G2 S/N 999)