I received notice that my sr20 will be delivered about 2/15/01(good). The cabin payload will be in the range of 490 lbs about 250lbs below initial projections(the bad) and not what I need for a family of four. I am trying to get some type of assurance that the payload will increase either by paperwork or manufacturing method before the holiday. If it stays at 490 my '82 Skylane may need to soldier on a few more years!I don’t want to offload fuel or leave a family member at home.
I, too, was given a Feb 15 delivery date for #158. I saw the addendum to the requested document which noted that average weights now run at 2050 pounds (A model). I have ordered a C model with 3-blade, leather, and stormscope, bringing my bird’s weight up to around 2100. This will give me a two place aircraft, or 3-place with half tanks. I have a wife and two kids.
We’ve all read that there would be a weight increase by the end of this year. The increase was delayed that long so as to allow the work to occur simultaniously with tasks needed to certify the SR22. The year is about gone.
If it is true that a weight increase has been put off again, then I feel it is time that CD re-prioritized this issue. Their literature still lists the SR20 at 1950 pounds, yet I was just asked to sign a document that allows this weight to increase to 2050 (were it an A model). Sorry, but I couldn’t sign the document that easily.
I added a clause to my document that the landing light be moved out of the air inlet, and that the plane have at least 900 pounds of usuable load. Alison in the contract department was nice enough to acknowledge my concerns, and confided that she was not in a position to make any promises. I enjoyed her candid remarks and hoped that this would work out to everybody’s satisfaction. The letter and my added deposit money went off to Duluth that day.
2 1/2 years ago I bought into a plane with a load of 1100 pounds and a climb rate of 1100 feet/min. I don’t care that the rate slipped or that the price climbed a little, since the quality has improved. The decline in uselful load, however, is different. I don’t need all 1100 pounds. I only need 900. That, with half tanks, gives me a 4-passenger aircraft. And as for the light in the air inlet??? We’re going to fly the safest single engine plane on the planet, and we may have to think about trying to fight an approach in the fog with landing light glare coming back towards the cockpit, or worry about over-heating an engine on a standard summer day during climb out.
I’d like to see Cirrus prioritize their commitments to customers. Once the SR22 is going down the line, it will be cheaper to have a single cowl design with the light in the proper place, and cheaper to have a single set of brakes and wheels so that usefull loads can get closer to the promises made.