Some great flying today. Flew from Manassas (outside of DC) to see my father in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He wanted to have lunch at a new airport restaurant at a different airport than I flew into. He asked if we should drive or fly? I said “you’re kidding right?” We flew to that airport, had lunch. His Cherokee is there, so he took me up in his Cherokee for a bit. We landed, and I flew him back to the first airport where his car was. I then flew from there to Williamsburg, VA to meet my wife at her father’s house where we are staying the weekend. The mountains were beautiful, the flying great, and the Cirrus fantastic. Flew for a total of about 3 1/2 hours in the Cirrus today. It lands so much easier than my 172 did, especially in gusty winds. Have a few squawks on it, I noticed. The autopilot “oscillates” the yoke left and right a small amount while engaged. It flies to the right of the nav course, it’s three degrees off while on heading mode, and when you transmit it pitches down. I’m sure we’ll get them all fixed under warranty. Didn’t detract from the day at all.
I was able to spend time with my family that I otherwise wouldn’t have because of flying. And the Cirrus made it all the better.